Sunday, 22 January 2017

22 January, 1593 - Hieronimo

Here's what Lord Strange's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...
Henslowe writes: R at Jeronymo the 22 of Jenewary 1593 ... xxs


In modern English: Received at Hieronimo, 22nd January, 1593 ... 20
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Woodcut from the 1615 edition of The Spanish Tragedy.
Today, Lord Strange's Men revived Hieronimowhich is almost certainly an alternate title for Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, a famous and much-loved play about the revenge of a grieving father for his son's death. You can read more about this play in the entry for 14th March.

The fate of Hieronimo this season is very similar to that of Muly Molocco's - after drawing huge crowds upon its first performance after the company's return to the Rose, the play has rapidly plummeted in popularity, playing to a theatre less than half full. It is hard not to conclude that the company's repertory had become stale and needed some fresh blood rather than relying on the stalwarts.



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