I think this theory is amusing because I heard it not from that link but from Twitter user “ProfShakespeare“, aka Grace Ioppolo, who I hope doesn’t mind me citing her research since she did a much better job than I ever would. She also happens to be Founder and Director of the Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project, so why not get your information from somebody who deals with the original source material every day?
- Online access to the manuscript of Henslowe’s diary so you can do your own detective work: http://www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk/essays/henslowediary.html
- “Henslowe dined with Gilbert East & Peter Street, the Fortune’s builder, many times in summer 1600, during the building of that theatre.Henslowe’s records of dining with Gilbert East & Peter Street (from line 2)” http://www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk/images/MSS-7/099r.html
- Henslowe lists ‘Lewce Easst’ as a tenant at the Boar’s Head in 1604 (3rd line in second list, on 2nd half of page): http://www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk/images/MSS-7/177v.html
Professor Ioppolo is hosting a conference (I assume – she calls it “my conference”) on the connections between Shakespeare and Henslowe in September:
Who invented Shakespearean theatre?Burbage & Shakespeare
Henslowe & Alleyn:
Who Invented the “Shakespearean Theatre”?
Saturday, 24th November 24th 2012, 10am-5pm
The University of Reading