Monday, 6 June 2016

6 June, 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 tittus & vespacia the 6 of June 1592 ... xxxxijs 

In modern English: Received at Titus and Vespasian, 6th June, 1592 ... 42 shillings

Today, Lord Strange's Men revived Titus and Vespasian. 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 company had last performed this play a week and a half ago.

The company seems to be settling into a routine of performing Titus and Vespasian approximately every ten days. Today's performance received somewhat above average box office for a Rose play; this is consistent with Titus and Vespasian's slump from blockbuster status over the last few performances.

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

Henslowe links


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