Henry Condell

Henry Condell
  • Interesting Facts and information about Henry Condell in Elizabethan Times
  • Short Biography about the life of Henry Condell - the famous Elizabethan actor
  • Facts and History about the life and times of Henry Condell
Henry Condell

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Globe Theatre of Elizabethan London, England

Short Biography of the life of Henry Condell - Elizabethan actor
The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Henry Condell:

  • Nationality - English
  • Lifespan - Henry Condell (1568 - 1627)
  • Family: he was the son of Robert Condell, a fishmonger
  • Married: He married an heiress called Elizabeth Smart
  • Acting Troupes: Member of the Chamberlain's Men and the King's Men
  • Career - Actor at the Globe Theatre
  • Famous for : Being the joint editor of the collection of William Shakespeare plays called the First Folio
  • He was named as one of the 26 actors who performed in the plays which were listed in William Shakespeare's First Folio

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.

Facts & History about the life of Henry Condell - Elizabethan Actor
The following are additional facts about the life and history of Henry Condell:

  • Born in Norfolk in 1568
  • Baptized September 5, 1576
  • The son of Robert Condell, a fishmonger
  • He married an heiress called Elizabeth Smart on October 24, 1596
  • Henry Condell was an actor with the Chamberlain's Men and the King's Men
  • Henry Condell and William Sly joined as co-owners of the Globe Theatre in 1605
  • Condell also became a co-owner in the Blackfriar’s playhouse in 1608
  • William Shakespeare never authorised the publication or printing of any of his own plays
  • John Hemminge and Henry Condell were the editors of the collection of William Shakespeare plays called the First Folio
  • The First Folio was published in 1623 and contained approximately 900 pages containing 36 of William Shakespeare's plays. It was entitled "Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies"
  • He died in died December 1627, London, England

The Chamberlain's Men Acting Troupe
The Chamberlain's Men, of which Henry Condell 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.

Documented facts about Henry Condell - Elizabethan actor
The following documented facts are related to Henry Condell 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.

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 on 15 March 1604. 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."

In his will, William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon left a bequest "to my ffellowes John Hemynge Richard Burbage & Henry Cundell a peece to buy them Ringes."

The cast list for Jonson's Sejanus, performed in 1603, includes "Ric. Burbadge, Aug. Philips, Will. Sly, Ioh. Lowin, Will. Shake-Speare, Ioh. Hemings, Hen. Condel, and Alex. Cooke."

The 1616 Folio of Ben Jonson's Works contained cast lists for his plays. The cast list for Jonson's Every Man in His Humor, which was 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."

In the First Folio, John Heminges and Henry Condell stated that they published the Folio "onely to keepe the memory of so worthy a Friend, & Fellow alive, as was our Shakespeare, by humble offer of his playes."

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