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
Famous for : Being the joint
editor of the collection of William Shakespeare plays called the First
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,
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
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.
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
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
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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