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Alleyn, Edward

(ăl`ĭn), 1566–1626, English actor. He was the foremost member of the Admiral's MenAdmiral's Men,
theatrical company of players, officially designated the Admiral's Men in 1585. They were rivals of the Chamberlain's Men and performed at the theaters of Philip Henslowe. Their leading actor was Edward Alleyn.
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, joining the group c.1587, and was the only rival of Richard Burbage. An exceptionally large man, he gained fame for his portrayals in Marlowe's Tamburlaine, Jew of Malta, and Doctor Faustus. He married the stepdaughter of Philip Henslowe and with Henslowe owned the Rose and Fortune theaters. His popularity brought him wealth, which he employed in the founding of Dulwich College in 1613 and in aiding contemporary writers. After his wife's death, he married a daughter of John Donne.
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Edward Alleyn, from the portrait preserved at [78] his noble foundation at Dulwich, like a fine Holbein, figures, in blent strength and delicacy, as a genial, or perhaps jovial, soul, finding time for sentiment,--Prynne (included, we suppose, in this company, like the skull at the feast) as a likable if somewhat melancholic young man; while Garrick and his wife playing cards, after Zoffany, present a pair of just very nice young people.
Shakespeare would not have attempted to compete with the two star actors of his time, Edward Alleyn and Richard Burbage.
Edward Alleyn is one such subject who seems most knowable in the middle of his life when he was working on the stage and living in London.
She served her first curacy in Peckham, southeast London, at Copleston Centre Church (a Local Ecumenical Partnership) and second curacy at St Barnabas, Dulwich, before applying for, and being appointed Vicar of St Barnabas and Foundation Chaplain of Edward Alleyn s Foundation in 1999.
Chapter 1, though entitled "The Company's Unique Features," is largely about Edward Alleyn and Philip Henslowe.
IN LATE SEPTEMBER 1626, just two months before Edward Alleyn died, he wrote a lengthy "Memorandum" relating to Dulwich College.
In the early 1600s, bearbaiting had been run at Bankside by the actor Edward Alleyn.
After Pembroke's Men had performed The Contention and True Tragedy, versions of the plays given the titles 2 and 3 Henry VI in the 1623 Folio, Strange's Men commissioned a history play on a related subject with a leading role designed for Edward Alleyn and parts for several actors later associated with Shakespeare in the Chamberlain's Men.
Edward Alleyn was Dick Burbage's greatest rival; some said he was the greater, more sensitive actor.
The actor Edward Alleyn became famous as a result of his performances of Tamburlaine, and many of his other roles--such as the leads in Tamar Chain and Orlando Furioso, and Muly Mahomett in Peele's The Battle of Alcazar--seem to have been custommade for his legendary style of "scenicall strutting, and furious vociferation" (46) Other plays followed Tamburlaine's--and Alleyn's--hyperbolic example.
Edward Alleyn, Burbage's only rival for the actor's crown, leased this newly-built theatre and Nick liked it.