Augustine Phillips

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

  • Nationality - English
  • Lifespan - Date of birth unknown. Died 1605
  • Acting Troupes: Member of the Chamberlain's Men and the King's Men
  • Career - Actor, Musician and Dancer

  • Famous for : Augustine Phillips was one of the six men who became the joint owners of the Globe Theatre with the following stakes:
    • Cuthbert Burbage (25%)
    • Richard Burbage (25%)
    • William Shakespeare (12.5%)
    • John Heminges (12.5%)
    • Augustine Phillips (12.5%)
    • Thomas Pope (12.5%)
  • He was named as one of the 26 actors who performed in the plays which were listed in William Shakespeare's First Folio
  • 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; in addition to a generous bequest of 40 shillings and personal items to his apprentice Samuel Gilburne
  • 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.

Documented facts about Augustine Phillips - Elizabethan actor
The following documented facts related to Augustine Phillips 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.

The cast list for Ben 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."

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. 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."

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." Once again, Shakespeare is listed first among his fellows.

The Chamberlain's Men Acting Troupe
The Chamberlain's Men, of which Augustine Phillips 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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