William Rowley

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  • David Stymeist (Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario)

Little is known of the birth or early life of the playwright and actor William Rowley. He was the younger brother of Samuel Rowley who also acted and wrote for the commercial drama. From approximately 1607 William was an actor first in Queen Anne's company and then in the Duke of York's company, which became Prince Charles' company. Rowley became a leading actor in the Prince's company, which was formed as King James' gift to his seven year-old son in 1608. The company was the least favoured and least profitable of the six acting companies in London at this time. Often, the company was forced into difficult and unprofitable tours outside London, where they encountered substantial prejudice against their profession; in 1621, they had …

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Citation:
Stymeist, David. "William Rowley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 June 2003
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3871, accessed 29 August 2014.]

Articles on Rowley's works

  1. The Changeling
  2. The Travels of the Three English Brothers
  3. The Witch of Edmonton

Related Groups

  1. English Renaissance Theatre - Jacobean