John Heminge and Henry Condel, editors of The First Folio, were also members of Lord Strange’s Men, Lord Chamberlain's Men and the King's Men, thus may have known Shakespeare for 25-30 years.
Their partly fictionalized story about getting the First Folio published was turned into a comedic play in 2017 called by Lauren Gunderson.
James Burbage’s son Richard was reputedly Shakespeare's best friend and male lead actor for over twenty-five years; they may even have grown up together in Stratford as a Burbage family is recorded to have lived there at the same time.
They were so close that all of Richard's children were named after "Will" and his family.
The Rose Playhouse was a principal rival to Shakespeare and his Lord Chamberlain's Men, although Shakespeare did sell his plays to perform there too.
It was owned by Philip Henslow, who's memorably portrayed in the 1998 movie, Henslow left a detailed diary which has been very useful to shed light onto the intricacies of theatre operations during this period, including providing the only known box-receipts for Shakespeare's plays.Supposedly, one way to start an argument between Shakespeare scholars is to claim that there are any definitive facts at all known about him!Mostly, it is impressive we know as much as we do considering how long ago he lived and very fortunate that so many of his works were preserved.There are five depictions of the poet (although some say two or only one) broadly agreed to have a high probability of authenticity; two of those were made soon after he died and presumably thus corroborated as accurate by those who knew him.There are widespread theories (which didn't start until two hundred years later) that the real author of the magnificent works attributed to Shakespeare was actually another person or a group of people.The diary refers to RICHARD BURBAGE, SHAKESPEARE’S FRIEND AND LEADING MALE ACTOR WHO LIKELY PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME ON STAGE: RICHARD III, HENRY V, HAMLET, ANTHONY, MACBETH, OTHELLO, CORIOLANUS, LEAR, AMONG OTHERS.REPUTED SELF-PORTRAIT CIRCA 1600." RICHARD BURBAGE, SHAKESPEARE’S FRIEND AND LEADING MALE ACTOR WHO LIKELY PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME ON STAGE: RICHARD III, HENRY V, HAMLET, ANTHONY, MACBETH, OTHELLO, CORIOLANUS, LEAR, AMONG OTHERS.IT WAS GIVEN TO THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT MUSEUM IN LONDON ON ITS FOUNDATION IN 1856." THE ICONIC “CHANDOS PORTRAIT” CIRCA 1610 (NOTE THE EARRING) PAINTED BY EITHER JOHN TAYLOR OR RICHARD BURBAGE.IT WAS GIVEN TO THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT MUSEUM IN LONDON ON ITS FOUNDATION IN 1856.William Shakespeare, born the humble son of a country tradesman and despite never earning a university degree, became a leading force on the English stage as a writer, actor, director, and owner associated with many of the theatrical companies that existed at the time: the Lord Chamberlain's Men which became the King's Men, the Earl of Leicester's Men, Lord Strange's Men, Admiral's Men, and Lord Pembroke's Men.By also being an actor is how he became such a brilliant playwright.