Category:Thomas Hunt

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Thomas Hunt turns up frequently in playhouse records such as plots, where he is linked to minor parts: for example, in "Frederick and Basilea," he played a "servant, guard, lord, [and] jailor" ; and in the revival of The Battle of Alcazar, he played "a Moor, attendant, and ambassador" (Nungezer, p. 201). Hunt was assigned a part in the plot of "Troilus and Cressida," but that part in snot specified. These facts place him with the Admiral's men, at least by 1597. However, an entry in Philip Henslowe's diary suggests an earlier affiliation with the company: a "thomas honte" received a loan of 6s 8d from Philip Henslowe on or about 14 October 1596 (Foakes, p. 50), and the similarity in name suggests that this man was the player, Thomas Hunt. By 1611 he had moved to Lady Elizabeth's men, as evidenced by a bond he made with Philip Henslowe for £500. He had moved to Palsgrave's men by 1621, rejoining fellows from his tenure with the Admiral's men, including Edward Alleyn himself.

Mark Eccles located a 1606-7 lawsuit in which Thomas Hunt was a witness (pp. 459-60). The suit did not address theatrical business per se but did involve several men with ties to that community: William Stratford, a player with Prince Henry's men in 1610 (Nungezer, p. 339) and Thomas Woodford, who purchased "The Old Joiner of Aldgate" from George Chapman in 1600 and who had remote interests in the Children of Paul's at about the same time (Nungezer, p. 400).

Works Cited

Eccles, Mark. "Elizabethan Actors II: E-J," Notes and Queries 236.4 (1991): 454-61.
Nungezer, Edwin. A Dictionary of Actors. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968 (orig. Yale University Press, 1929).

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