Interesting information about the life and times of William Ostler and the
Globe Theatre of Elizabethan London, England
Short Biography of the life of William Ostler - Elizabethan actor
The following biography information provides basic facts about the life William Ostler:
- Nationality - English
- William Ostler started his career as an acting apprentice to the principal actors at the Globe
- Acting Troupes: Member of the Chamberlain's Men and the King's Men
- Career - Actor
- In 1611 William Ostler joined as a co-owner of the Globe Theatre
- He specialised in playing tragedy roles
- Famous for : He was named as one of the 26 actors who performed in the plays which were listed in William Shakespeare's First Folio
- The First Folio was published in 1623 and contained approximately 900 pages containing 36 of the plays by William Shakespeare. It was entitled "Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories & Tragedies"
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.
The Chamberlain's Men Acting Troupe
The Chamberlain's Men, of which William Ostler was a founder member, were the most important company of players in Elizabethan England and led by the Burbage family and William Shakespeare. Initially known as known as Hunsdon's Men, whose patron was Henry Carey the first Lord Hunsdon. Hunsdon then took office as the Lord Chamberlain. The Chamberlain's Men were taken under the royal patronage of James I in March 1603 and were then known as the King's Men. The main rivals of the Chamberlain's Men were the Admiral's Men Acting Troupe led by Edward Alleyn and Phillip Henslowe.
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