Short Biography of the life of Robert Armin - Elizabethan actor
The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Robert Armin:
- Nationality - English
- Lifespan - Robert Armin (1568 - 1615) Also known as 'Snuff'
- Family - Son of a tailor
- Acting Troupes: Member of the Chandos Company and the Lord Chamberlain's Men
- Career - Writer, Actor , Fool and Comedian
- Famous for : He succeeded Will Kempe as Principal Comedian at the Globe Theatre. Most famous for his roles as the Fool in King Lear, the clown Feste in Twelfth Night, Lavache in All's Well That Ends Well and as Touchstone in As You Like It
- Author of Foole upon Foole and Quips upon Questions. Both books were published in 1600 under the pseudonym Clonnico de Curtanio Snuffe
- Robert Armin was listed as one of the principal players in the First Folio of William Shakespeare
- 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.
Facts & History about the life of Robert Armin - Elizabethan Actor
The following are additional facts about the life and history of Robert Armin:
- Born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk in the year 1568
- The son of tailor
- Served as an apprentice and worked for John Lonyson under the London Company of Goldsmiths from 1581 to 1592
- During this early period of his life he started to write plays
- Robert Armin became a protege of the actor and clown Richard Tarleton
- He became a player for the Chandos company until 1597
- Performed at the Curtain and the Globe Theatre
- He then became a member of the Chamberlain's men acting troupe
- He was famous for his roles as the Fool in King Lear, the clown Feste in Twelfth Night and as Touchstone in As You Like It
- He specialized in playing court jester style fools
- The name Robert Armin was included in the list of "Players" who were given four yards of red cloth apiece for the investiture of King James I in London on 15 March 1604
- The will of the Kings Men's actors Augustine Phillips, executed on 5 May 1605, proved 16 May 1605, bequeathed, "To my Fellowe Robert Armyne twenty shillings in gould
- He died in November 1615 in London, England
The Chamberlain's Men Acting Troupe
The Chamberlain's Men, of which Robert Armin 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.
Documented facts about Robert Armin - Elizabethan actor
The following documented facts related to Robert Armin 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."
The will of Augustine Phillips who died on 4 May 1605 bequeathed "to my Fellowe William Shakespeare a thirty shillings peece in gould, To my Fellowe Henry Condell one other thirty shillinge peece in gould . . . To my Fellowe Lawrence Fletcher twenty shillings in gould, To my Fellowe Robert Armyne twenty shillings in gould . . . ." All of the men who Phillips calls his "fellows" were actors in the King's Men.
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