Viewing Event Record: Requests, Edward Alleyn vs William Henslowe: Alleyn states his case


Edward Alleyn's 1624 suit against William Henslowe -- Philip Henslowe's brother -- provides details about the Alleyn-Henslowe profit-sharing arrangements for the Bear Garden and Hope venues. Alleyn says that in or around 1611 Henslowe agreed to pay £8 annual rent for a period of twenty-four years, for a moiety of the profits from the Fortune and its surrounding tenements. This rent was offset by Henslowe allowing Alleyn and his family to occupy or make use of tenements near the Bear Garden for the same tenure. William Henslowe inherited Philip's properties and leases after his death (6 January 1616), at which point fifty years remained on the properties Philip had leased from the Bishop of Winchester. William soon evicted Alleyn from the Bear Garden [Hope] properties and withheld the profits. Alleyn requests that William Henslowe be summoned to Whitehall by an order of privy seal to answer these charges.

Date Event Recorded

From: 31 January 1624 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: circa 1611 To: 31 January 1624 (Source of claim: original)


Fortune (I)
Fortune (II)
Bear Garden


Name Event Role(s) Document Role(s)
Henslowe, William defendant brother
Alleyn, Edward plaintiff esquire, playhouse owner, tenant
Henslowe, Philip playhouse sharer brother, esquire

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Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business
  • playhouse context