Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project

The Archive of Dulwich College in London, England, holds thousands of pages of manuscripts left to the College by its founder, the eminent actor Edward Alleyn (1566-1626). This archive includes his personal and professional papers and those he inherited from his father-in-law Philip Henslowe (d. 1616). Henslowe and Alleyn built and expanded several London public playhouses. Named by King James I as Joint ‘Masters of the Royal Game of Bears, Bulls and Mastiff Dogs’, they also staged such blood sports as bull- and bear- and lion-baiting at the Bear Garden and other venues, including royal palaces. Furthermore, they commissioned plays from dramatists and ran several acting companies. This archive is the largest single extant archive of material on the professional theatre and dramatic performance in early modern England.

The Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project makes these manuscripts available in a free electronic archive and website. The material can be browsed by manuscript and within each manuscript by entity. Pages are shown separately and in high definition.

The website also contains essays on the Henslowe-Alleyn papers.

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Monday, 25 January 2016 - 10:14am
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