Wednesday, 15 May 2019

15 May, 1595 - 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 15 of maye 1595 ... R at the wisse man of weschester ... xxxvijs 
In modern English: 15th May, 1595 ... Received at The Wise Man of West Chester ... 37 shillings

A man, who might possibly be
wise, carved on the choir
stalls of Chester Cathedral
Today, the Admiral's Men returned to The Wise Man of West Chester, a lost play that 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, 1594.

The Wise Man of West Chester continues to be an incredibly reliable hit. Today's revival is only a few shillings above the average for the Rose, but it's still doing way better than most plays at this time of year.

Henslowe links


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