Sunday, 30 December 2018

30 December, 1594 - The Wise Man of West Chester

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

Henslowe writes: ye 29 of desembȝ 1594 ... R at the wissman of weschester ... iijll ijs 

In modern English: [30th] December, 1594 ... Received at The Wise Man of West Chester ... £3 and 2 shillings.

A man, who might possibly be
wise, carved on the choir
stalls of Chester Cathedral
Today, the Admiral's Men returned The Wise Man of West Chester to the stage. This lost play appears to have been about a wizard in the English city of Chester; you can read more about it in the entry for 3 December.

This is an exciting day for the players! The Wise Man of West Chester, which had premiered on 3 December to a rather lacklustre box office, is today an enormous hit, with a large audience flooding to the Rose. The Christmas season has given this play a much-needed boost.

Henslowe links


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