Monday, 20 June 2016

20 June, 1592 - The Comedy of Hieronimo

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

Henslowe writes: R at the comodey of Jeronymo the 20 of June 1592 ... xvs 

In modern English: Received at The Comedy of Hieronimo, 20th June, 1592 ... 15 shillings

Today, Lord Strange's Men gave another performance of The Comedy of Hieronimo, which they had not staged for about a month. This lost play, also known as The Spanish Comedy of Don Horatio, was most likely about the events leading up to those in Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (you can read more about it in the entry for 23rd February).

The company has now settled into a routine of performing The Spanish Comedy once a month. Today's box office was dismal, representing a mostly empty theatre with an audience of only a quarter of its capacity.

  • Wednesday, 23rd February - 13 shillings and sixpence (performed as an individual play)
  • Monday, 13th March - 29 shillings (performed the day before The Spanish Tragedy)
  • Wednesday, 30th March - 39 shillings (performed the day before The Spanish Tragedy)
  • Monday, 10th April - 28 shillings (performed as an individual play)
  • Saturday, 22nd April - 17 shillings  (performed one working day before The Spanish Tragedy, but with a Sunday intervening)
  • Wednesday, 24th May - 28 shillings (performed the day before The Spanish Tragedy)
  • Tuesday, 20th June - 15 shillings (performed as an individual play)

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