an actor (R. Burbage's chief rival) and partner of Henslowe, with whom he built the Fortune Theatre, Cripplegate. There he acted at the head of the Lord Admiral's company, playing among other parts the leading roles in Marlowe's Tamburlaine, The Jew of Malta, and Dr Faustus. He bought the manor of Dulwich, and built and endowed Dulwich College. His first wife was Henslowe's stepdaughter, his second the daughter of Donne. He was a patron of Dekker, John Taylor, and other writers.
Subjects: Shakespeare studies and criticism — theatre.