Wednesday, 30 March 2016

30 March, 1592 - The Comedy of Don Horatio

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

Henslowe writes: R at doneoracio the 30 marche 1591 ... xxxixs 

In modern English: Received at Don Horatio, 30th March, 1592 ... 39 shillings

Today, Lord Strange's Men gave another performance of The Spanish Comedy of Don Horatio, which they had previously performed just over two weeks ago. This lost play was most likely about the events leading up to those in Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy; you can read more about it in the entry for 23rd February.

On this outing, Don Horatio received a healthy box office, and ten shillings more than it did on its previous performance, thus continuing an upturn in the company's profits. As before, the returns may have been aided by the fact that Lord Strange's Men will perform The Spanish Tragedy itself tomorrow; it appears that the two plays were being staged on consecutive days to emphasize the links between their narratives.

Henslowe links


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