Sunday, 16 June 2019

16 June, 1595 - Warlamchester

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

Henslowe writes: ye 16 of June 1595 ... R at warlamchester ... xxvs 

In modern English: 16th June, 1595 ... Received at Warlamchester ... 25 shillings

The martyrdom of St Alban, from a 13th century
manuscript by Matthew Paris
Today, for the last time, the Admiral's Men performed again their lost play Warlamchester, which was probably about the martyrdom of St Alban during the Roman persecutions of Christians in England.You can read more about this play in the entry for 28 November.

The company last performed Warlamchester a week and  half ago, when it received atrocious box office, but they have brought it back regardless, and this time it has drawn a much larger crowd. Perhaps Warlamchester could have made a comeback, but this is its last appearance in Henslowe's Diary. Its revivals have been infrequent and never very popular, so it was probably time to say farewell.

Meanwhile, the troubles in London are continuing. Yesterday, a huge crowd of nearly two thousand apprentices gathered outside the Lord Mayor's house to protest against the imprisonment of some of their cohort during the riots last week. They supposedly set up a gallows with the aim of hanging him. And today, it will later be claimed, a group of apprentices, soldiers and 'masterless men' (that is, unemployed people) met at St Paul's, where they plotted to behead the Mayor. A fearful atmosphere of violence and rumour is descending upon the city.


On the apprentice riots

  • Carol Chillington Rutter, Documents of the Rose Playhouse (Manchester University Press, 1984), 92.
  • M.J. Power, "London and the Control of the 'Crisis' of the 1590s", History 70 (1985), 379.
  • "Rebellion by London apprentices in 1595", British Library - Discovering Literature: Shakespeare & Renaissance

Henslowe links


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