Friday, 8 April 2016

8 April, 1592 - Muly Molocco

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

Henslowe writes: R at mvlo mvloco the 8 of aprell 1591 J.h.-01-10-00 ... xxiijs

In modern English: Received at Muly Molocco, 8th April, 1592 ... 23 shillings

1629 Portuguese illustration of the Battle of Alcazar
Henslowe's entry for today includes an enigmatic scribbled reference to paying or receiving £1 and 10 shillings, but unfortunately I do not know what this means. 

Anyway, today Lord Strange's Men returned again to Muly Molocco, a play that they frequently performed, and which they had last staged a week and a half ago. The play was about Abd el-Malik's struggle for the throne of Morocco; you can read more about it in the blog entry for 21st February.

After its surprise success during Easter Week, the box office returns for Muly Molocco were now the weakest it had ever received, although they are better thought of as simply returning to a more normal level for this particular play.

Monday, 21st February - 29 shillings
Tuesday, 29th February - 34 shillings
Friday, 17th March - 29 shillings
Wednesday, 29th March - 62 shillings
Saturday, 8th April - 23 shillings

What's next?

There will be no blog entry tomorrow because 9th April was a Sunday in 1592. Henslowe's Diary ... as a Blog! will thus return on 10th April for a week that will include old favourites along with a brand new play!

Henslowe links


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