Thursday, 16 June 2016

16 June, 1592 - Sir John Mandeville

Here's what Lord Strange's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...
Henslowe writes: R at mandevell the 16 of June 1592 ... xxs

In modern English: Received at Mandeville, 16th June, 1592 ... 20 shillings

Mandevillian monster from
the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493)
Today, Lord Strange's Men decided to revive their lost play about Sir John Mandeville, which they had last performed a month ago. Although Mandeville is today most famous for his fantastical travel narratives, the most plausible theory is that this play was a chivalric and comic romance, in which Sir John won the hand of a fair lady above his station; you can read more about the play in the entry for 24th February.

Sir John Mandeville normally receives mediocre box office and today was no exception, being well below the average for a Rose play.

  • Thursday, 24th February - 12 shillings
  • Saturday, 1st April - 30 shillings
  • Saturday, 15th April - 26 shillings
  • Thursday, 18th May (Whitsuntide festival) - 40 shillings
  • Friday, 16th June - 20 shillings

Henslowe links


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