Tuesday, 26 April 2016

26 April, 1592 - Friar Bacon

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

Henslowe writes: R at fryer bacon the 26 of aprell 1592 ... xxiiijs

In modern English: Received at Friar Bacon, 26th April, 1592 ... 23 shillings

From the title page of a prose tale of Friar Bacon, 1629,
which was re-used for the 1630 edition of the play.

Today, Lord Strange's Men returned to their magical fantasy about the wizard Friar Bacon. The exact identity of this play is uncertain: it may have been Robert Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, or it may have been the anonymous John of Bordeaux; you can read more about it in the entry for 19th February.

Friar Bacon had returned unimpressive box office on its previous outings (15 and 17 shillings). This time it did slightly better, but it still remained on the lower rung of popularity. One can't help suspecting that it'll be dropped from the repertory pretty soon.

Henslowe links


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