Famous for : Augustine
Phillips was one of the six men who became the joint owners of the Globe
Theatre with the following stakes:
He was named as one of the 26 actors who performed in the plays which were listed in William
Shakespeare's First Folio
The actor and co-owner
of the Globe Theatre Augustine Phillips bequeathed twenty shillings
in his will to Alexander Cooke a piece to others he also calls his
fellows: Lawrence Fletcher, Robert Armin, Richard Cowley, Alexander
Cooke and Nicholas Tooley; in addition to a generous bequest of 40
shillings and personal items to his apprentice Samuel Gilburne
The First Folio
was published in 1623 and contained approximately 900 pages
containing 36 of the plays by William Shakespeare. It was entitled
"Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies"
The reputation of the early
Elizabethan Actors was not good and any were viewed as no better than
rogues and vagabonds - actors were not trusted. The standing of actors
improved when the purpose-built theatres were introduced and some
Elizabethan actors became the equivalent of today's superstars.
about Augustine Phillips - Elizabethan actor
The following documented facts related to Augustine Phillips and his life as
an Elizabethan actor together with details of his relationship with
fellow actors including William Shakespeare.
The Lord Chamberlain's Men
were licensed as the King's Men on 19 May 1603. The document lists
"Lawrence Fletcher, William Shakespeare, Richard Burbage, Augustyne
Phillippes, Iohn Heninges, Henrie Condell, William Sly, Robert Armyn,
Richard Cowly" as members of the troupe.
The cast list for Ben Jonson's
Sejanus, performed in 1603, includes "Ric. Burbadge, Aug. Philips, Will.
Sly, Ioh. Lowin, Will. Shake-Speare, Ioh. Hemings, Hen. Condel, and
On 15 March 1604 King James,
Queen Anne, and Prince Henry rode through the City of London in a royal
entry postponed from the previous summer because of the plague. An
account by Sir George Home, who was Master of the Great Wardrobe, lists
the names of "Players" who were each given four yards of red cloth
apiece for the investiture of King James in London. The actors who were
named were "William Shakespeare, Augustine Phillipps, Lawrence Fletcher,
John Hemminges, Richard Burbidge, William Slye, Robert Armyn, Henry
Cundell, and Richard Cowley."
The 1616 Folio of Ben
Jonson's Works contains cast lists for his plays. The cast list for
Jonson's Every Man in His Humor, performed in 1598, includes "Will
Shakespeare, Aug. Philips, Hen. Condel, Will. Slye, Will. Kempe, Ric.
Burbadge, Ioh. Hemings, Tho. Pope, Chr. Beeston, and Ioh. Duke." Once
again, Shakespeare is listed first among his fellows.
The Chamberlain's Men Acting Troupe
The Chamberlain's Men, of which Augustine Phillips was a member, were the most
important company of players in Elizabethan England and led by the
Burbage family and William Shakespeare. Initially known as known as
Hunsdon's Men, whose patron was Henry Carey the first Lord Hunsdon.
Hunsdon then took office as the Lord Chamberlain. The Chamberlain's Men
were taken under the royal patronage of James I in March 1603 and were
then known as the King's Men. The main rivals of the Chamberlain's Men
were the Admiral's Men Acting Troupe
led by Edward Alleyn and Phillip Henslowe.
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