The first recognition of Shakespeare's existence in London was in 1592, when he was in his late twenties. Shakespeare rose quickly in the theater as both an actor and an author. He joined the Lord Chamberlin's Men, an acting company which was protected by the Queen, and later became a shareholder and senior member in 1595. Since he was very successful in London, he was able to buy New Place, the largest and most elegant house in his home town of Stratford, when he was in his early thirties (1597). Shakespeare also became part owner of the famous Globe theater when it opened in 1599. His share of the company's management added heavily to his wealth.