Chamberlain's Men
           


NOTE: The roles listed for any given actor do not necessarily coincide with roles that actor played while associated with this company. The listed roles reflect the complete extant corpus of that actor's career. Neither does the list necessarily suggest a chronology of performance. Though the listings are accurate, the scholar is nevertheless cautioned to research further.


Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon, sponsored a company between 1564 and 1566. It is not until 1576 that they appear again. They played in York 8 September 1580 and appeared in court 27 December 1582. Sussex, Lord Chamberlain, died in 1583. The title Lord Chamberlain passed first to Charles Howard (Lord Effingham and later Lord Admiral) before it passed to his father-in-law Henry Carey in July 1585. In this role, Carey supported the Queen's Men as the only court playing company until 1594 when the Lord Chamberlain's Men came into being.
From Gurr, Andrew The Shakespearian Playing Companies, Oxford UP, 1996.


Listed alphabetically


Armin, Robert

(circa1568-1615, burial recorded St. Bardolph, Aldgate, 30 November). Actor, playwright. [ES ii, 299; iii, 210 [full citation] ; Denkinger, 'St. Botolph Aldgate', 93 (1926) [full citation] ; Gray, 'Robert Armine' (1928) [full citation] ; Murray, 'A Fellow of Shakespeare' (1928) [full citation] ; Nungezer, 15 [full citation] ; Lloyd, 'Valiant Welshman' (1952) [full citation] ; Felver, Robert Armin (1963) [full citation] ; Feather, 'Check-List' (1971) [full citation] ; Feather, 'Robert Armin' (1972) [full citation] ; Lippincott, 'Bibliographical Problems' (1975) [full citation] ; Lake, 'Canon' (1977) [full citation] ; Liddie, Two Maids, 1-12 (1979) [full citation] ; Belfield, 'Robert Armin' (1980) [full citation] ; Belfield, 'Abel Drugger' (1981) [full citation] ; Wiles, Shakespeare's Clown, (1987), 136ff. [full citation] ; Wills, 96 (1993) [full citation] ; Sutcliffe, 'Robert Armin' (1994) [full citation] ; Sutcliffe, 'Kempe and Armin' (1996) [full citation] ; Sutcliffe, 'Canon' (1996) [full citation] ]


[?]Dogberry (succeeding Kempe?) ADO; [?]Clown MISERIES OF ENFORCED MARRIAGE;


Beeston, Christopher

(circa1580-1638) (alias Hutchinson). Actor ([?]Strange's; Chamberlain's 1598; Worcester's-Queen Anne's 1602-19; Prince Charles' (I) 1619-22; Lady Elizabeth's 1622-25; Queen Henrietta's 1625-37), sharer, entrepreneur. (Husband of Elizabeth Beeston; father of William Beeston; brother-in-law of James Sands (?); father-in-law of Theophilus Bird) [ES ii, 302 [full citation] ; Nungezer, 36 [full citation] ; JCS ii, 363; iii, 17 [full citation] ; Sisson, 'Notes', 26 (1942) [full citation] ; Sisson, 'Red Bull Company' (1954) [full citation] ; Freehafer, 'Brome, Suckling' (1968) [full citation] ; Haaker, 'Plague', 294 (1968) [full citation] ; Bawcutt, 'Craven Ord Transcripts', 91 (1984) [full citation] ; Eccles, 'Actors I', 39, 42 (1991) [full citation] ; Wills, 191 (1993) [full citation] ]

[?]Soldier "Envy", [?]Captain "Sloth," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS; principal actor, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR;


[?]Blackwage, William

(fl. 1594). Actor(?). [Nungezer, 49 [full citation]]


Bryan, George

(d.1612). Actor (Denmark 1586; Strange's 1593; Chamberlain's 1596). [ES ii, 304 [full citation]; Nungezer, 63 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 44 (1931) [full citation]; Sjogren, 'Thomas Bull', 121 (1969) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors I', 42 (1991) [full citation]; Wills, 229 (1993) [full citation]]

Warwick "Induction," Damascus "Envy," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS;


Burbage, Richard

(1568-1619). Actor (Strange's; Chamberlain's-King's 1594-1619), sharer. (Brother of Cuthbert Burbage, son of James Burbage, nephew of Robert Burbage, wife of Winifred Turner Burbage Robinson) [Stopes, Burbage (1913) [full citation]; ES ii, 306 [full citation]; Nungezer, 67 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 44 (1931) [full citation]; JCS ii, 395 [full citation]; Riddell, 'Actors', 289 (1969) [full citation]; Bergeron, 'Actors', 22 (1972) [full citation]; Ingram, 'Early Career' (1988) [full citation]; McMillin, 'Sussex's Men', 222 (1991) [full citation]; Wills, 113 (1993) [full citation]; Edmond, 'Yeomen', 31ff. (1996) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors I', 43 (1991) [full citation]; Ingram, Business (1992) [full citation]]

Messenger, DEAD MAN'S FORTUNE; Gorboduc "Envy," Tereus "Lechery," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS; actor, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR, EVERY MAN OUT OF HIS HUMOUR, SEJANUS, VOLPONE, ALCHEMIST, CAILINE, CAPTAIN, VALENTINIAN, BONDUCA, QUEEN OF CORINTH, KNIGHT OF MALTA, MAD LOVER, LOYAL SUBJECT; Hieronimo, SPANISH TRAGEDY; Richard III, RICHARD III; Romeo, ROMEO AND JULIET; Malevole, MALCONTENT; Hamlet, HAMLET; Lear, KING LEAR; Othello, OTHELLO; Ferdinand, DUCHESS OF MALFI;


Condell, Henry

(1576-1627). Actor (Chamberlain's-King's 1598-1627), sharer. (Husband of Elizabeth Condell) [ES, ii, 310 [full citation]; Nungezer, 98 [full citation]; Barnard, New Links, 1-23 (1930) [full citation]; JCS ii, 410 [full citation]; Riddell, 'Actors', 292 (1969) [full citation]; Honneyman, 'Henry Condell' (1985) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors I', 44 (1991) [full citation]; Wills, 156 (1993) [full citation]]

[?]Ferrex "Envy," [?]lord "Lechery, 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS (requiring him to have been a member of Strange's, which is not at all certain); himself, Induction, MALCONTENT; Cardinal, DUCHESS OF MALFI (part taken later by Richard Robinson); actor, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR; actor, EVERY MAN OUT OF HIS HUMOUR;SEJANUS, VOLPONE, ALCHEMIST, CATILINE, CAPTAIN, VALENTINIAN; BONDUCA; QUEEN OF CORINTH; KNIGHT OF MALTA; MAD LOVER; LOYAL SUBJECT; HUMOUROUS LIEUTENANT;


Cooke, Alexander

(1583?-1614; fl. 1598-1614). Actor, sharer. Possibly only with King's. [ES, ii, 311 [full citation]; Bentley, 'Shakespeare's Fellows' (1928) [full citation]; Nungezer, 102 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 49 (1931) [full citation]; Wills, 94 (1993) [full citation]]

[?] Agrippina, SEJANUS; [?]Madam Would-be, VOLPONE; actor, ALCHEMIST; CATILINE; CAPTAIN;


Cowley, Richard

(1568?-1619). Actor (Strange's 1590-3; Chamberlain's-King's 1598-1619). [ES ii, 312 [full citation]; Nungezer, 105 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 44 (1931) [full citation]; JCS ii, 414 [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors I', 45 (1991) [full citation]; Wills, 112 (1993) [full citation]; Cerasano, 'Henslowe/Forman', 157 (1993) [full citation]]

Lieutenant "Induction," Soldier & Lord "Envy," Giraldus & Musician "Sloth," Lord "Lechery," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS; Verges, ADO;


[?]Crosse, Samuel

(b.circa 1568). Actor (Chamberlain's?). [ES ii, 313 [full citation]; Nungezer, 108 [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors I', 45 (1991) [full citation]]


Duke, John

(d.1613). Actor (Strange's circa1590; Chamberlain's 1598; Worcester's 1602-3; Queen Anne's 1604-09. [ES ii, 314 [full citation]; Nungezer, 121 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 45 (1931) [full citation]; JCS ii, 428 [full citation]; Sisson, 'Notes', 27 (1942) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors I', 47 (1991) [full citation]; Wills, 230 (1993) [full citation]]

Pursuivant "Induction," Soldier "Envy," Will Fool "Sloth," Lord "Lechery," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS; actor, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR;


Goughe, Robert

(buried 19 February 1624/5) (Goffe, Gough). Actor (Strange's 1592, Chamberlain's-King's 1594-1619), sharer?. [ES ii, 319 [full citation]; Bentley, 'Shakespeare's Fellows' (1928) [full citation]; Nungezer, 157 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 46 (1931) [full citation]; Riddell, 'Actors', 294 (1969) [full citation]]

?Aspasia "Sloth," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS; Memphonius, SECOND MAIDEN'S TRAGEDY; Leidenberch, BARNAVELT;


[?]Heminges, John

(1566-1630) (Heminge, Hemminge, Hemminges). Actor (Queen's?; Strange's 1593; Chamberlain's-King's 1594-1630), sharer. (Husband of Rebecca Edwards Knell Heminges; father of William Heminges; father-in-law of William Ostler) [ES ii, 320 [full citation]; Nungezer, 179 [full citation]; JCS ii, 465 [full citation]; Nosworthy, 'John Heminges' (1949) [full citation]; Riddell, 'Actors', 293 (1969) [full citation]; Bergeron, 'Actors', 26 (1972) [full citation]; Bawcutt, 'New Revels Documents', 326 (1984) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors II', 457 (1991) [full citation]; Wills, 164 (1993) [full citation]; Wilson, Shakespeare: The Evidence (1993) [full citation]; Edmond, 'Yeomen', 33 (1996) [full citation]]

John Roberts, in Answer to Pope identifies him as a tragedian: actor, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR; EVERY MAN OUT OF HIS HUMOUR; himself "Induction," MALCONTENT; actor, SEJANUS; VOLPONE; ALCHEMIST; CATILINE; performer, MIDDLE TEMPLE AND LINCOLN'S INN MASK;


[?]Hoope, Richard

(fl. 1595). Actor(?). [Nungezer, 198 [full citation]]


?Jeffes, Anthony

(1578(baptized 14 December, St. Saviour's, Southwark)—(?married Faith Jones 19 February 1601)—(described as "player" in St. Giles's register on 11 June 1602 and 1 May 1609; received 70 c. 1612 for his interest in the former Prince Henry's Company; described as a "brewer" in St. Giles's register on 30 May 1610 and 30 October 1619)—d. 1648). Actor (Germany 1592-96; ?Chamberlain's; ?Pembroke's; Admiral's-Prince Henry's 1597-1612). (Brother of Humphrey Jeffes) [ES ii, 324 [full citation]; Nungezer, 203 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 56 (1931) [full citation]; JCS ii, 482 [full citation]; Schrickx, 'English Actors', 157ff. (1980) [full citation]; Schrickx, 'German Archives', 151 (1982) [full citation]; Cerasano, 'Anthony Jeffes' (1984) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors II', 460 (1992) [full citation]]

Young Mahamet, BATTLE OF ALCAZAR; Linus & a Moor, 1 TAMAR CAM;


Jeffes, Humphrey

(1576-buried 21 August 1618, St. Giles's, Cripplegate). Actor (?Chamberlain's; ?Pembroke's; Admiral's-Prince Henry's-Palsgrave's 1598-1616). (Brother of Anthony Jeffes) [ES ii, 324 [full citation]; Bentley, 'Shakespeare's Fellows' (1928) [full citation]; JCS ii, 483 [full citation]; Nungezer, 204 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 56 (1931) [full citation]; Schrickx, 'English Actors', 157ff. (1980) [full citation]; Cerasano, 'Anthony Jeffes', 222n12 (1984) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors II', 460 (1992) [full citation]]

actor, SIX YEOMAN OF THE WEST (lost); Muly Mahamet Xeque, BATTLE OF ALCAZAR; Otanes, 1 TAMAR CAM; "Humphrey" the serving man, LOOK ABOUT YOU; ?Humfrey with crossbow, 3 HENRY VI


Kemp, William

(d.1603?). Actor (Leicester's 1585-6; Strange's 1592; Chamberlain's 1594-1599; Worcester's 1602-3), sharer. [ES ii, 325 [full citation]; Wright, 'Will Kemp and the Commedia Dell'Arte' (1926) [full citation]; Nungezer, 216 [full citation]; Gray, 'Roles of William Kemp' (1930) [full citation]; Baldwin, 'William Kemp not Falstaff' (1931) [full citation]; Gray, 'Shakespeare and Will Kemp' (1931) [full citation]; Bald, 'Leicester's Men' (1943) [full citation]; Feldman, 'Playwrights and Pike-Trailers' (1953) [full citation]; Mithal, 'Jesting Player' (1958) [full citation]; Bald, 'Jesting Player' (1959) [full citation]; Mithal, 'Mr. Kemp' (1960) [full citation]; Sjogren, 'Thomas Bull', 121 (1969) [full citation]; MacLean, 'Leicester and the Evelyns', 489-93 (1988) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors III', 293 (1992) [full citation]; MacLean, 'Politics', 180 (1993) [full citation]]

actor, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR; Peter, ROMEO AND JULIET; Dogberry, ADO;


Phillips, Augustine

(d.1605). Actor (Strange's/Admiral's 1590-1; Strange's 1593; Chamberlain's-King's 1598-1604), sharer. (Husband of Anne Phillips Witter) [ES ii, 333 [full citation]; Denkinger, 'St. Botolph Aldgate', 105 (1926) [full citation]; Bentley, 'Shakespeare's Fellows' (1928) [full citation]; Nungezer, 280 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 48 (1931) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors III', 300 (1992) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors IV', 165 (1993) [full citation]; Wills, 72 (1993) [full citation]; Cerasano, 'Henslowe/Forman', 156 (1993) [full citation]]

Sardanapalus "Sloth," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS; actor, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR; EVERY MAN OUT OF HIS HUMOUR; ?RICHARD II;


Pope, Thomas

(d.circa 1603; fl. 1586-1603). Actor (Germany/Denmark 1586-7; Strange's/Admiral's 1590-1; Strange's 1593; Chamberlain's 1597-1603), sharer. [ES ii, 334 [full citation]; Nungezer, 285 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 48 (1931) [full citation]; Sjogren, 'Thomas Bull', 121 (1969) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors III', 301 (1992) [full citation]; Wills, 68 (1993) [full citation]]

Arbactus "Sloth," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS; actor, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR; EVERY MAN OUT OF HIS HUMOUR;


?Raye, Ralph

(fl. 1594). Actor(?) (Chamberlain's 1594). [Nungezer, 290 [full citation]]


Shakespeare, William

(1564-1616). Playwright, actor, sharer. (Brother of Edmund Shakespeare) [ES iii, 479 [full citation]; Nungezer, 315 [full citation]; Chambers, William Shakespeare (1930) [full citation]; Eccles, Shakespeare (1961) [full citation]; Hamer, 'William Shakeshafte?' (1970) [full citation]; Schoenbaum, William Shakespeare (1975) [full citation]; Burkhart, 'Shakespeare's Lost Years' (1978) [full citation]; Grove xviii, 214 (1980) [full citation]; Honigmann, Shakespeare (1985) [full citation]; DLB 62: 267 (1987) [full citation]; Wills, 105 (1993) [full citation]; DLB 172: 217 (1996) [full citation]]

Old Knowell, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR; ?Tiberius Caesar, SEJANUS;


Sincler, John

(fl. 1590-1604) (Sinklo, Sincklo). Actor (Strange's circa1590; Pembroke's (?) circa1592-3; Germany 1596; Chamberlain's circa1598; King's 1604). [ES ii, 339 [full citation]; Nungezer, 326 [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 49 (1931) [full citation]; Schrickx, 'German Archives', 155 (1982) [full citation]; Schrickx, Foreign Envoys, 127 (1986) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors IV', 168 (1993) [full citation]]

Keeper "Induction," Soldier "Envy," Captain, Musician "Sloth," ?Mercury "Lechery," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS; enters with crossbow, 3 HENRY VI; player, "Induction," TAMING OF THE SHREW; Beadle, 2 HENRY IV (V.iv.1); himself, "Induction," MALCONTENT; evidence exists that he might have been a thin actor;


Sly, William

(1573?—1608, buried 16 August, St. Leonard's, Shoreditch). Actor (Strange's circa1590; Chamberlain's-King's 1597-1605), playwright(?). [ES ii, 340; iii, 493 [full citation]; Nungezer, 331 [full citation]; Bentley, 'St. Giles Cripplegate', 821 (1929) [full citation]; Greg, Dramatic Documents i, 50 (1931) [full citation]; Wills, 80 (1993) [full citation]]

Porrex "Envy," Lord "Lechery," 2 SEVEN DEADLY SINS; himself, "Induction," MALCONTENT; actor, EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR; EVERY MAN OUT OF HIS HUMOUR; SEJANUS; VOLPONE;


?Spencer, Gabriel

(1576-98). Actor (Pembroke's 1597; Admiral's 1598). [ES ii, 341 [full citation]; Nungezer, 336 [full citation]; Eccles, 'Jonson and the Spies' (1937) [full citation]; Eccles, 'Actors IV', 172 (1993) [full citation]]

?Messenger, 3 HENRY VI (I.ii.48); ?actor, ISLE OF DOGS; he was slain in Hogsdon Fields by Benjamin Jonson.


Vincent, Thomas (I)

(fl. 1592-1600?). Bookkeeper at Globe (1599–1600), actor(?). [Nungezer, 386 [full citation]; JCS ii, 612 [full citation]; Edmond, 'Pembroke's Men' (1974) [full citation]; George, 'Shakespeare and Pembroke's Men' (1981) [full citation]]