Friday, 15 April 2016

15 April, 1592 - Sir John Mandeville

Here's what Lord Strange's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...
Henslowe writes: R at mandevell the 15 of aprell 1591 ... xxvjs

In modern English: Received at Mandeville, 15th April, 1592 ... 26 shillings

Mandevillian monster from
the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493)
Today, Lord Strange's Men performed again their lost play about Sir John Mandeville. Although Mandeville is today most famous for his fantastical travel narratives, the most plausible theory is that this play was a chivalric and comic romance, in which Sir John won the hand of a fair lady above his station. You can read more about the play in the entry for 24th February.

The company had last performed this play just under two weeks ago, when it had received 30 shillings during Easter Week. It received 4 shillings less on this outing, which is not bad considering that it received a mere 12 back in February. This play may be best described as chugging along.

What's next?

There will be no blog entry tomorrow because 16th April was a Sunday in 1592. Henslowe's Diary ... as a Blog! will thus return on 17th April...

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