Sub Topics: Study of the English Theatre in the age of Playwright William Shakespeare with Historical Evidence
Key Words: Philip Henslowe’s Diary, the Rose Theatre, the Study of the English Theatre, the age of William Shakespeare, Study of the English Theatre, Historical Evidence
Reading through the diary pages we learn, Philip Henslowe, son of Edmund Henslowe of Sussex was an enterprising man who was permanently settled on the bank side by 1577 and who married his master’s rich widow who had a fair daughter by her first marriage named Joan. In the eighties of the sixteenth century Henslowe is known as a dyer, in the nineties as a pawn-broker and always as a purchaser of southward property. As a businessman of enterprise, Henslowe of quick to mark the prospects of the theatre business; in 1585 he built the Rose Theater. By 1594 he possessed another theatre at Newington butts. His step –daughter Joan was married to the famous actor, Edward Alleyn and this marked the beginning of a successful and profitable partnership with the great actor. By the time Henslowe the English theater manager owned the Fortune and Hope theaters in London.