Friday, 29 June 2018

29 June, 1594 - Cutlack

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

Henslowe writes: ye 27 of June 1594 ... R at cvttlacke ... xxxvjs

In modern English: 29th June, 1594 ... Received at Cutlack ... 36 shillings.

Illustration of Belinus (or Brennius, it's not clear)
from Holinshed's Chronicles (1577)
Today, the Admiral's Men revived Cutlack, their play about the eponymous Danish king and his intervention in the civil war between the British kings Brennius and Belinus. You can read more about this play in the entry for 16 May, 1594.

The company last performed Cutlack only three days ago, when it had attracted a fairly small  audience. Today's performance produced a bigger audience, of an average size for the Rose. Although Cutlack is not breaking any records, it is doing well for a such a frequently-staged play.

What's next?

There will be no blog entry tomorrow because 30 June was a Sunday in 1594. Henslowe's Diary ... as a Blog! will thus return on 1 July for a week that will see the Admiral's Men start to settle into a groove.

Henslowe links


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