Alexander Cooke

Alexander Cooke
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  • Short Biography about the life of Alexander Cooke - the famous Elizabethan actor
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Short Biography of the life of Alexander Cooke - Elizabethan actor
The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Alexander Cooke:

  • Nationality - English
  • Acting Troupes: Member of the Chamberlain's Men and the Kings Men
  • Career - Actor. He specialised in playing in tragedies

  • Alexander Cooke is believed to have played the female roles of Agrippina and Fine-madam Would-be
  • 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 actor and co-owner of the Globe Theatre, Augustine Phillips, bequeathed twenty shillings in his will to Alexander Cooke 
  • Famous for being one of the main actors who performed in the plays listed in 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 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 Alex Cooke 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.

Alexander Cooke
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