Friday, 14 June 2019

14 June, 1595 - The Seven Days of the Week

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

Henslowe writes: ye 14 of June 1595 ... R at the vij dayes of the wecke ... 
In modern English: 14th June, 1595 ... Received at The 7 Days of the Week ... 
£3 and 9 shillings

Today, the Admiral's Men revived their enigmatic lost play The Seven Days of the Week, about which we know nothing beyond its title. Perhaps it was an anthology of seven short plays, or perhaps it was about the creation of the world. You can read more about it in the entry for 3rd June.

19th-century Italian bracelet illustrating each of the seven days of
the week with a portrait of the deity associated with it.
From the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

The Seven Days of the Week
is proving to be a splendid success. Once again, the company has revived it after only a few days, and once again the Rose is packed to the gunnels with happy punters. This is what Master Henslowe lives for!

What's next?

There will be no blog entry tomorrow, because 15 June was a Sunday in 1595 and the players did not perform. Henslowe's Diary ... as a Blog! will thus return on the 16th for a week that will include a new play but also some troublesome events elsewhere in the city.

Henslowe links


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