actor, was one of the earl of Leicester's players in 1572. He leased land in Shoreditch (1576), on which he erected, of wood, the first building in England specially intended for plays. In 1596 he acquired a house in Blackfriars, and converted it into the Blackfriars Theatre. The first English playhouse is mentioned in an order of council, Aug. 1577, and was known as ‘The Theatre’; the fabric was removed in Dec. 1598, to the Bankside and set up as the Globe Theatre.
Subjects: Theatre — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.