Category:George Bryan

George Bryan was a stage player for most of his adult life. He appears initially in theatrical records as a member of the Earl of Leicester's men (1585) , and he traveled in the earl's retinue with that company to the Low Countries and also to Denmark and Germany (1586-7). By 1593 he was a member of Lord Strange's men; he is one of the players named in the company license on 6 May of that year that authorized their touring. Scholars assume that Bryan was one of the original members of the Chamberlain's men on its formation in 1594. By 1601 he had become "an ordinary groom of the Queen's chamber" (Eccles, p. 42). He died in 1612. His memory as a player, however, was not forgotten: in 1624, his widow, Mary, received a share in the Fortune playhouse from Edward Alleyn (Eccles, p. 42).

In 1593 Bryan lived in the Southwark neighborhood of the Clink. He had a son, George, who was christened in the parish of St. Andrew in the Wardrobe on 17 February 1600.

Roles "The Second Part of the Seven Deadly Sins"
Damasus, Lord, Councillor ("Envy"); Warwick ("Induction)

Works Cited

Eccles, Mark. "Elizabethan Actors II: E-J," Notes and Queries 236.1 (n. s.38) (1991: 38-48, esp. 42.
Kathman, David. "Reconsidering The Seven Deadly Sins, Early Theatre 7.1 (2004). 13-44.
Nungezer, Edwin. A Dictionary of Actors. 1929. rpt. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968.


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