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
- He travelled extensively during his early career with Leicester's Men visiting Holland, Belgium, Germany and Demark with other actors including Will Kempe
- 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 following stakes:
- Cuthbert Burbage (25%)
- Richard Burbage (25%)
- William Shakespeare (12.5%)
- John Heminges (12.5%)
- Augustine Phillips (12.5%)
- Thomas Pope (12.5%)
- 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.
Documented facts 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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