Wednesday, 10 October 2018

10 October, 1594 - Dr Faustus

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

Henslowe writes: ye 9 of octobȝ  1594 ... R at docter ffostus ... xxxxiiijs 

In modern English: [10th] October, 1594 ... Received at Dr Faustus ... 44 shillings.

Faustus summoning Mephistopheles: from the
1616 text of the play 
Today, the Admiral's Men staged Christopher Marlowe's famous tragedy Dr Faustus, in which a scholar summons a demon and sells his soul to the devil. You can read more about this play in the entry for 2 October.

The company has brought Dr Faustus back after only a week. It is still doing well on its second outing: 44 shillings is a handsome result, representing an above average audience size.

What's next?

Henslowe's Diary has one too few entries for this week; his dates are muddled in general, but one interpretation is that the 11th October entry is missing.  Henslowe's Diary ... as a Blog! will thus return on 12th October. See you then!

Henslowe links


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