Monday, 27 January 2020

27 January, 1596 - The Second Week

Here's what the Admiral's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...

Henslowe writes: ye 26 of Jenewary 1595 ... R at the 2 weake ... xxiiijs 

In modern English: [27th] January, [1596] ... Received at The Second Week ... 24 shillings

Today, the Admiral's Men revived The Second Week, which appears to be a sequel to the popular Seven Days of the Week. You can read more about this play in the entry for 23 January.

19th-century Italian bracelet illustrating each of the seven days of
the week with a portrait of the deity associated with it.
From the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
The company has rushed their sequel back onto the stage after only a few days, but the box office is disappointing, being below the average for the Rose. It seems the sequel will not be as popular as the original.




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Sunday, 26 January 2020

26 January, 1596 - The New World's Tragedy

Here's what the Admiral's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...

Henslowe writes: ye 25 of Jenewary 1595 ... R at the new worldes tragedy ... xiiijs 

In modern English: [26th] January, [1596] ... Received at The New World's Tragedy ... 14 shillings

Walter Raleigh attacking Trinidad, by
Theodore de Bry (1595)
Today, the Admiral's Men revived their lost play The New World's Tragedy, which may have been about a calamitous event in the Americas. You can read more about this play in the entry for 17 September.

The company has waited two and a half weeks to revive The New World's Tragedy, and its very poor box office continues to slide.


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Friday, 24 January 2020

24 January, 1596 - Pythagoras

Here's what the Admiral's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...

Henslowe writes: ye 23 of Jenewary 1595 ... R at pethagorus ... xxxvjs 

In modern English: [24th] January [1596] ... Received at Pythagoras ... 36 shilling

Pythagoras as portrayed in Raphael's
The School of Athens (1509-11)
Today, the Admiral's Men revived Pythagoras, their lost play about the Greek philosopher. You can read more about this play in the entry for 16 January 

This is the second performance of Pythagoras, after its debut last week. Attendance has dropped sharply after the excellent premiere, but the Rose is still half-full suggesting that a decent level of interest remains.


What's next?


There will be no blog entry tomorrow because 25th January was a Sunday in 1596 and the players did not perform. Henslowe's Diary ... as a Blog! will thus return on the 26th - see you then!


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Thursday, 23 January 2020

23 January, 1596 - The Second Week

Here's what the Admiral's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...

Henslowe writes: ye 22 of Jenewary 1595 ... ne ... R at the 2 wecke ... iijll 

In modern English: [23rd] January, [1596] ... New ... Received at The Second Week ... £3

Today, the Admiral's Men performed a new play! Although it is lost, this play appears to be a sequel to The Seven Days of the Week, a play that had been extremely successful following its debut in June 1595 and which continues to be a part of the company's repertory.

19th-century Italian bracelet illustrating each of the seven days of
the week with a portrait of the deity associated with it.
From the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Unfortunately, since the original play is also lost, it is hard to know what the sequel was about. One theory is that the first play was series of seven short playlets, so The Second Week may have been more of the same. Alternatively, the first play might have been about the creation of the world, in which case this one could have been a later story from Genesis.

The subject matter may be a mystery, but the sequel has attracted a large crowd, almost filling the Rose.



FURTHER READING


The Second Week information

  • Martin Wiggins, British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue, vol. 3 (Oxford University Press, 2013), entry 1029.



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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

22 January, 1596 - Chinon of England

Here's what the Admiral's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...

Henslowe writes: ye 21 of Jenewary 1595 ... R at chynon of Jngland ... xxxiijs

In modern English: [22nd] January, [1596] ... Received at Chinon of England ... 32 shillings

The Knights of the Round
Table, from the Compilation
arthurienne de Micheau
Gonnot (1470)
Today, the Admiral's Men revived Chinon of England, their lost Arthurian drama about a fool who becomes a knight. You can read more about this play in the entry for 3 January.

For its third performance, the box office for Chinon is now at the average for the Rose, suggesting that it's unlikely to become a blockbuster.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

21 January, 1596 - Barnardo and Philametta

Here's what the Admiral's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...

Henslowe writes: ye 20 of Jenewary 1595 ... R at barnardo and phiameta ... xjs 

In modern English: [21st] January, 1596 ... Received at Barnardo and Phiametta ... 11 shillings

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Portrait of a couple by an unknown French artist, c.1610
Today, the Admiral's Men revived Barnardo and Philametta, a lost play on an unknown subject; you can read more about it in the entry for 30 October.

Barnardo and Philametta was last seen drawing a huge crowd on Boxing Day, but on this ordinary winter day it has returned to its usual level of success by attracting almost no-one to the Rose.


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Monday, 20 January 2020

20 January, 1596 - Harry V

Here's what the Admiral's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...

Henslowe writes: ye 19 of Jenewary 1595 ... R at harye the v ... xxs 

In modern English: [20th] January, [1596] ... Received at Harry V ... 20 shillings

King Henry V, posthumous portrait
(late 16th or early 17th century)
Today, the Admiral's Men returned to Harry V, their play about King Henry V of England, who, according to legend, gave up a dissolute lifestyle and led his country to victory against the French at the Battle of Agincourt before his untimely death. You can read more about this play in the entry for 28 November.


The box office for this play continues to decline as it gets further and further away from its November premiere.

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