HENSLOWE’S ROSE Theatrical Treasures from Dulwich at Dulwich and taken his business papers with him. This was just as well because that same year The
and how household goods not retrieved might become theatrical props. Wrath looks at the death of the actor Gabriel Spencer during a duel with Ben Jonson. With Envy we come to the rivalries between the various acting companies and possibly the most imaginative part of the exhibition; the tracing of actors careers through family trees of the various companies. For Gluttony we are given a glimpse of the dinner that Edward Alleyn gave to mark the foundation of his charity at Dulwich in 1619. Finally with Pride we reach Shakespeare and the ultimate recognition for a playwright to have your work printed. A video of the exhibition is available online through the Dulwich College YouTube page. A new plAy by OlIVIeR AwARD wInneR JessIcA swAle The Playhouse Apprentice May 10 2016, 6.15 pm Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe
In May the main theatrical treasures from the Archives at Dulwich College were moved to Shakespeare’s Globe on Bankside to form the bulk of a new exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Philip Henslowe. ‘Henslowe’s Rose: Theatrical Treasures from Dulwich College’ is part one of a two part exhibition in the Under Globe to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the momentous year of 1616. 1616 was something of a watershed year for early English drama. Philip Henslowe the great theatrical impresario of his age died in January followed by William Shakespeare in April. These deaths were to shake up the London theatrical scene. Edward Alleyn took on the management of his father in law’s theatres The Rose on Bankside, opposite the original Globe and The Fortune in Golden Lane, in the Barbican. But he was also building his ‘college’ at Dulwich, on an estate he had bought in 1606 from Francis Calton. In September 1616 the chapel at the heart of the foundation was completed and consecrated. In 1613 Alleyn had already moved from the Bankside to the Manor House
Fortune burnt down. If the papers had still been in the theatre there would be no documents now on show at Shakespeare’s Globe. The exhibition which has been two years in preparation was conceived by Peter Jolly (72-80), Director of Drama at Dulwich College and Patrick Spottiswoode Director of Education at the Globe. Dr Nick de Somogyi (75- 81), who like Peter Jolly is an alumni of Dulwich College, agreed to curate the exhibition with the support and assistance of Calista Lucy, Keeper of the Archive Dr de Somogyi is an independent researcher who used to teach at the Globe and has curated exhibitions for them in the past. De Somogyi took as his starting point the ‘platte’ or plot outline of a play The Second Part of the Seven Deadly Sins. From the seven sins, he has woven the story of Henslowe’s Rose theatre: Sloth sees Philip Henslowe, anything but slothful, making money. Lust looks at the sumptuary laws and the granting of cloth to minor court officials like Edward Alleyn to make clothes to wear in processions. Under Covetousness, Henslowe’s pawnbroking accounts are examined
Year 9 and 10 pupils from Dulwich and JAGS retraced the steps of their spiritual ancestors with a performance at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe, only the second school performance at this prestigious venue. Jessica Swale, the Olivier Award winning playwright, wrote the Playhouse Apprentice especially for Dulwich College.
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