Tuesday, 3 May 2016

3 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 titus & vespacia the 3 of maye 15912 ... lvijs vjd  
In modern English: Received at Titus and Vespasian, 3rd May, 1592 ... 57 shillings and sixpence

Today, Lord Strange's Men revived Titus and Vespasian, the play that they had premiered three weeks and last performed a week and a half ago. 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.

The previous performance had received an impressive 56 shillings, and today's performance made a little more. The newness of the play seems to have kept audience numbers high. And the actors were no doubt refining their performances on each outing.

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

Henslowe links


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