Nicholas Tooley

Nicholas Tooley
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  • Short Biography about the life of Nicholas Tooley - the famous Elizabethan actor
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Nicholas Tooley

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Globe Theatre of Elizabethan London, England

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

  • Lifespan - 1582 - 1623
  • Born in Antwerp
  • Family - He was the son of a wealthy merchant and seaman
  • On the death of his parents he was taken into the care of Cuthbert Burbage and became involved with the Elizabethan theatre
  • Acting Troupes: Member of the Chamberlain's Men and the King's men
  • Career - Actor. Nicholas Tooley is believed to have initially specialized in female roles
  • 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
  • Famous for : He was named as one of the 26 actors who performed in the plays which were listed in William Shakespeare's First Folio
  • 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.

The Chamberlain's Men Acting Troupe
The Chamberlain's Men, of which Nicholas Tooley 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.

Nicholas Tooley
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