(10) Finally, courtesy of Phillip Henslowe's record of accounts, we know that for eleven days in June 1594 the Playhouse hosted performances by the Lord Admiral's Men
and the Lord Chamberlain's Men.
In 1576, Howard set up a company of actors known as Lord Howard's Men, later Admiral's Men
. There are various sources that link this company with the first performance of Richard III, Shakespeare's first historical play, written in 1953.
Shakespeare and the Admiral's Men
: Reading Across Repertories On the London Stage, 1594-1600
King John (Mis)Remembered: The Dunmow Chronicle, the Lord Admiral's Men
, and the Formation of Cultural Memory.
He was also constantly in debt to the Admiral's Men
It also involves a marginalizing of Henry Chettle--not merely the reviser of Munday's work, as Djordjevic has it (73), but apparently a substantial contributor to Part Two, for which the Admiral's Men
paid him twenty shillings in comparison to Munday's fifteen (although Philip Henslowe's records do not specify how the remaining balance was allocated) (Henslowe's Diary, ed.
Alleyn was contracted to a rival company, The Lord Admiral's Men
and would have drawn the crowds, although not especially in Shakespearean roles.
At the close of the sixteenth century, the Admiral's Men
faced ominous market threats in the form of a new rival theater on their doorstep, and the heady prospect of leaving their Bankside residence at the Rose to finally assume their new playing venue: the Fortune at Golding Lane, Cripplegate.
If you have a mind to join us, come along with me and we will make terms.' Nicholas returned to his lodgings with a raise in pay and status as fight manager (play as cast), for the Lord Admiral's Men
in Southwark, on the South Bank of the Thames.
Shakespeare's miscalculation in first naming Falstaff Oldcastle and the Admiral's Men
's subsequent ability to find success with a positive depiction of the same figure in November 1599 with The History of the Life of Sir John Oldcastle attests to the sensitivity of England's noblemen to representations of their ancestors onstage.
It would have been very odd if dramatists writing for the Admiral's men
, in particular, had not tried to imitate Marlowe: not only had they performed Tamburlaine "sundrie times" by 1590, as the title page of the quarto indicates, but Philip Henslowe's Diary shows that Marlowe's plays were central to the repertory of the reconstituted version of the company that moved to the Rose in 1594.
The Admiral's Men
were to play at the Rose on the Bankside, and the Chamberlain's Men were assigned to the Theatre in Shoreditch.