Edward Alleyn 1566-1626
Edward ALLEYN 1566-1626
Born in St Botolph without Bishopsgate, the son of Edward Alleyn (d. 1570), originally of Willen, Buckinghamshire, and Margaret Townley. An actor and theatre owner, he performed with the Earl of Worcester's Men and was leader of the Admiral’s Men. Around 1597 Alleyn retired from acting and turned his attention to managing theatrical and other investments. He ran the Rose Playhouse as a shared partnership with Philip Henslowe. In 1600 Henslowe and Alleyn jointly established the Fortune Playhouse, which was in successful operation for twenty-one years before burning down, after which Alleyn built a second Fortune on the same site. In 1623 Alleyn’s wife, Joan, died; she was buried in the chapel of Dulwich College, which was founded by Alleyn in 1619. He remarried Constance, daughter of John Donne, and the pair remained married until Alleyn's death in 1626.
Alleyn bequeathed his books to Dulwich College; 26 are listed in a contemporary manuscript.
- Cerasano, S. P. "Alleyn, Edward (1566–1626), actor, theatre entrepreneur, and founder of Dulwich College." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.