Wednesday, 4 April 2018

4 April, 1594 - The Fair Maid of Italy

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

Henslowe writes: R at the fayer mayd of Jtaly ye 4 of aprell 1593 ... xxiijs 

In modern English: Received at The Fair Maid of Italy, 4th April, 1594 ... 23 shillings

Portrait, supposedly of Simonetta
Vespucci, by Sandro Botticelli
(late 15th century)
Today, Sussex's Men and the Queen's Men revived The Fair Maid of Italy, a lost play that was presumably some kind of romantic comedy. You can read more about it in the entry for 12 January, 1594.

This play had been performed by Sussex's Men a couple of times back at the beginning of the year and it had never achieved good box office. Today's revival fared no better, receiving an audience smaller than the Rose's average.

Henslowe links


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