William Shakespeare, Mr William Shakespeares comedies, histories and tragedies..., 1623, 'First Folio' - List of Actors, p.A6r.

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Date:1623

Description:Shakespeare’s fellow actors.

The company of actors known as the King’s Men, who first performed Shakespeare’s plays, had their names listed in the ‘First Folio’. Among them are Richard Burbage, who led the company, and for whom roles such as Hamlet and Richard III were written, and Robert Armin the musical comic actor who was probably the first to play Feste in Twelfth Night. There were no women actors at this time and boys such as Nathan Field undertook the female roles including Rosalind, Juliet and Cleopatra.

Transcript of this page with spelling amended to the modern accepted form.

The Works of William Shakespeare,
containing all his Comedies, Histories, and
Tragedies: Truely set forth, according to their first
ORIGINALL.

The Names of the Principal Actors
in all these Plays.

William Shakespeare.
Richard Burbage.
John Hemming.
Augustine Phillips.
William Kempe.
Thomas Pope.
George Bryan.
Henry Condell.
William Slye.
Richard Cowly.
John Lowin.
Samuel Crosse.
Alexander Cooke.
Samuel Gilburne.
Robert Armin.
William Ostler.
Nathan Field.
John Underwood.
Nicholas Tooley.
William Ecclestone.
Joseph Taylor.
Robert Benfield.
Robert Gough.
Richard Robinson.
John Shank.
John Rice.


Full title: William Shakespeare, Mr William Shakespeares comedies, histories & tragedies published according to the True Originall Copies, London, printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, 1623.

The 'Ashburnham' copy owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


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