Wednesday, 4 May 2016

4 May, 1592 - Harry VI

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

Henslowe writes: R at harey the vj the 4 of maye 15912 ... lvjs

In modern English: Received at Harry VI, 4th May, 1592 ... 56 shillings

1540s portrait of King
Henry VI
Today, Lord Strange's Men performed Harry VI again. This play was almost certainly Shakespeare's First Part of Henry VIyou can read more about it in the blog entry for 3rd March.

The company's normal practice has been to perform Harry VI  approximately once a week and the play had settled into a routine of producing reliable but unspectacular box office. But this time, the company had waited nearly a fortnight before performing it again. And look what happened: the play's audience nearly doubled! Could this be a case of absence making the heart grow fonder?

  • Friday, 3rd March - 75 shillings
  • Tuesday, 7th March - 60 shillings
  • Saturday, 11th March - 47 shillings
  • Thursday, 16th March - 31 shillings
  • Tuesday, 28th March - 68 shillings
  • Wednesday, 5th April - 41 shillings
  • Thursday, 13th April - 26 shillings
  • Friday, 21st April - 33 shillings
  • Thursday, 4th May - 56 shillings

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