Category:Richard Alleyn

Although he carried an illustrious theatrical name Richard Alleyn was, according to Nungezer, "apparently no kinsman of Edward" (p. 13). He first appears in the diary of Philip Henslowe as witness to a loan of £ 15 to Henslowe's nephew, Francis, on 8 May 1594 "to laye downe for his share to the Quenes players when they brocke & went into the contrey to playe" (Foakes, p. 7). Later appearances are dated 1597, when he borrows money himself ([[WorksCited|Foakes, pp. 104, 106). He performs various other business transactions for the company such as accompanying Thomas Towne "to the corte vpon ester euen" on 7 April 1599 (Foakes, p. 106). Henslowe records the binding of Alleyn to the company as a hired man on 25 March 1598, no doubt a continuation of his long-time status (Foakes, p. 241).) Like many of his fellows, Alleyn lived in St. Saviour's parish where his daughters were christened in 1599 and 1601 and he was himself buried on 18 November 1601 (Nungezer, p. 13).

His known parts are as the Prologue and Frederick in "Frederick and Basilea" and "the Presenter, a Portuguese, and Diego Lopis" in the Admiral's revival of The Battle of Alcazar c. 1601 (Nungezer, p. 13).

Works Cited

Nungezer, Edwin. A Dictionary of Actors. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968 (orig. Yale University Press, 1929).


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