Sunday, 8 May 2016

8 May, 1592 - Brandimer

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

Henslowe writes: R at brandimer the 8 of maye 1592 ... xxiiijs

In modern English: Received at Brandimer, 8th May, 1592 ... 24 shillings

Guy of Warwick fighting the giant Colbrand,
from The History of the Famous Exploits
of Guy, Earl of Warwick
Today, Lord Strange's Men revived the mysterious Brandimer which they have performed once before, just under a month ago. This play might have been about Brandimart, the companion of the legendary Orlando, or it might have been about the legendary hero Guy of Warwick and his battle with the giant Brandimore; you can read more about it in the entry for 6th April.

Brandimer made an unexciting 22 shillings last time around, and it made only 2 shillings more this time. Whatever the play's subject matter, the company's experiment in reviving it does not seem to have paid off, and it will never appear in Henslowe's records again.

Henslowe links


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