Thursday, 7 April 2016

7 April, 1592 - Hieronimo

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

Henslowe writes: R at Jeronymo the 7 aprell 1591 ... xxvjs

In modern English: Received at Hieronimo, 7th April, 1592 ... 26 shillings

Woodcut from the 1615 edition of The Spanish Tragedy.
Today, Lord Strange's Men gave another performance of Hieronimo, which is almost certainly an alternate title for Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, a play that they had previously performed just over a week ago. You can read more about this play in the entry for the 14th of March. This time, they performed it alone, rather than as a follow-up to The Spanish Comedy of Don Horatio.

The Spanish Tragedy was a very popular play and had produced spectacular box office back on the 14th and 31st March. But today's performance was extremely unimpressive by comparison, suggesting that the company may have revived it too soon after it had drawn big crowds in Easter Week.

14th March - 71 shillings
20th March - 38 shillings
31st March - 60 shillings
7th April - 26 shillings

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