Short Biography of
the life of Thomas Pope - Elizabethan actor
The following biography information
provides basic facts about the life Thomas Pope:
Nationality - English
Lifespan - Birth date
unknown. Died 1603
Acting Troupes: Member of
Lord Strange's Men, Leicester's Men and the Chamberlain's Men
extensively during his early career with Leicester's Men visiting
Holland, Belgium, Germany and Demark with other actors including Will
Career - Actor and comedian.
He took over the principal comedy roles, including Falstaff, at the
Globe Theatre when Will Kempe left the acting troupe
Thomas Pope was one of the
six men who became the joint owners of the Globe Theatre with the
Famous for : He also played
the roles and characters of Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Peter in
Romeo and Juliet and Costard in Loveís Labourís Lost
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.
about Thomas Pope - Elizabethan actor
The following documented facts related to Thomas Pope and his life as
an Elizabethan actor together with details of his relationship with
fellow actors including William Shakespeare.
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."
The Chamberlain's Men Acting Troupe
The Chamberlain's Men, of which Thomas Pope 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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