Tuesday, 23 January 2018

23 January, 1594 - George a Greene

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

Henslowe writes: R at gorge a grene the 22 of Jenewarye ... xxvs 

In modern English: Received at George a Greene, 23rd January ... 25 shillings

Fighting with staves, from a German fighting
manual published by Christian Egenolff
Today, Sussex's Men revived George a Greene, the Pinner of Wakefield. This is a festive comedy in which the eponymous northern folk hero helps the king, wins the hand of a fair maiden, and beats several opponents at stave-fighting. You can read more about this play in the entry for 28 December.

The company is maintaining its habit of performing George a Greene once a week. The play continues, however, to receive unimpressive box office.

Henslowe links


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