Tuesday, 16 January 2018

16 January, 1593 - Richard the Confessor

Here's what the Earl of Sussex's Men performed at the Rose playhouse on this day, 424 years ago...

Henslowe writes: R at Richard the confeser the 16 of Jenewarye 1593 ... xjs 

In modern English: Received at Richard the Confessor, 16th January, 1594 ... 11 shillings

Wall painting of Richard of
Chichester (in St Mary the
Virgin Church, Black
Bourton, Oxfordshire)
Today, Sussex's Men brought Richard the Confessor back onto the Rose stage. This lost play probably told the story of Saint Richard of Chichester's generosity toward the poor and needy; you can read more about it in the entry for 31 December, 1593.

The company had last performed Richard the Confessor two weeks ago, when it received average box office taking; today, it did considerably less than that. The play does not seem to have been one of the big successes of the season.

Henslowe links


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