An actor with the King’s Company.
William Beeston (1606? – 1682) was a 17th century actor and theatre manager, the son and successor to the more famous Christopher Beeston.
"[H]e may have been the first manager in the public theatre of his era to use scenery. He was also a source of information for the antiquarian and biographer John Aubrey. William Beeston was Aubrey's source on Shakespeare, and so helped to pass on traditions about the poet that were current in the theatrical world of his generation — i.e. that Shakespeare "understood Latin pretty well: for he had been in his younger years a schoolmaster in the country", etc."
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.