Interesting information about the life and times of Lawrence Fletcher and the
Globe Theatre of Elizabethan London, England
Short Biography of the life of Lawrence Fletcher - Elizabethan actor
The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Lawrence Fletcher:
- Nationality - British
- Lifespan - Date of birth unknown. Died 1608
- Lawrence Fletcher acted for King James in Scotland before his succession to the English throne
- Acting Troupes: Member of the Kings Men
- When Robert Armin retired from the King's Men he was replaced as the company's clown by Lawrence Fletcher
- Career - Actor specialising in comedies
The reputation of the early Elizabethan Actors was not good and any were viewed as no better than rogues and vagabonds - actors were not trusted. The standing of actors improved when the purpose-built theatres were introduced and some Elizabethan actors became the equivalent of today's superstars.
Documented facts about Lawrence Fleetcher - Elizabethan actor
The following documented facts related to Lawrence Fletcher and his life as an Elizabethan actor together with details of his relationship with fellow actors including William Shakespeare.
On 15 March 1604 King James, Queen Anne, and Prince Henry rode through the City of London in a royal entry postponed from the previous summer because of the plague. An account by Sir George Home, who was Master of the Great Wardrobe, lists the names of "Players" who were each given four yards of red cloth apiece for the investiture of King James in London. The actors who were named were "William Shakespeare, Augustine Phillipps, Lawrence Fletcher, John Hemminges, Richard Burbidge, William Slye, Robert Armyn, Henry Cundell, and Richard Cowley."
The Lord Chamberlain's Men were licensed as the King's Men on 19 May 1603. The document lists "Lawrence Fletcher, William Shakespeare, Richard Burbage, Augustyne Phillippes, Iohn Heninges, Henrie Condell, William Sly, Robert Armyn, Richard Cowly" as members of the troupe
The will of Augustine Phillips who died on 4 May 1605 bequeathed "to my Fellowe William Shakespeare a thirty shillings peece in gould, To my Fellowe Henry Condell one other thirty shillinge peece in gould . . . To my Fellowe Lawrence Fletcher twenty shillings in gould, To my Fellowe Robert Armyne twenty shillings in gould . . . ." All of the men who Phillips calls his "fellows" were actors in the King's Men.
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