Thursday, 12 May 2016

12 May, 1592 - The Second Part of Tamar Cam

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

Henslowe writes: R at the 2 pte of tambercam ye 10 of maye 1592 ... xxxvijs

In modern English: Received at The Second Part of Tamar Cam, 10th May, 1592 ... 37 shillings

Today, Lord Strange's Men returned to the new play that they had debuted just under two weeks ago, The Second Part of Tamar Cam. This lost play was most likely about the Mongol conqueror Hulagu Khan and his conquest of the Middle East. You can read more about it in the blog entry for 28th April.

It's surprising that the company waited so long before restaging their new play, and it's also surprising that it received such average box office on only its second performance. Was there something about this play that didn't work, for either the actors or the audience?

Persian illustration of Hulagu Khan (the likely inspiration for Tamar Cam) and his Christian wife

Henslowe links


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