Tuesday, 17 May 2016

17th May, 1592 - Titus and Vespasian

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

Henslowe writes: R at tittus & vespacia the 15 of maye 1592 ... iijll 

In modern English: Received at Titus and Vespasian, 17th May, 1592 ... £3

The Whitsuntide holidays continued today, and Lord Strange's Men revived Titus and Vespasian for their festive-minded audience. This lost play was probably a gruesome tale about the Roman siege of Jerusalem in the 1st century; you can read more about it in the entry for 11th April.

Titus and Vespasian, once an exciting new play, had begun to wane in popularity of late. But today, boosted by the Whitsuntide holidays, it was firing on all four cylinders, achieving a very impressive 60 shillings. The actors must have loved this time of year, not only for the increase in earnings, but also for the increased energy in the theatre as they walked onstage to face an enormous crowd.

Nicholas Poussin, The Destruction and Sack of the Temple at Jerusalem (1637)

Henslowe links


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