Tuesday, 12 October 2021

12 October, 1597 - A Humorous Day's Mirth

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

Henslowe writes: tt at the comodey of vmers... | 02 | 00

In modern English: [12 October, 1597] ... total at Comedy of Humours ... £2 [i.e. 40 shillings]

Today, the Admiral's Men revived their 
A classic image of a
melancholic, from
Robert Burton's Anatomy
of Melancholy (1622)
Comedy of Humours
, which is almost certainly another name for George Chapman's A Humorous Day's Mirth. You can read more about this eccentric comedy in the entry for 11 May

A Humorous Day's Mirth  was the a smash hit of this year, and it makes sense for the company to return it swiftly to the stage. However, today's box office, though nothing to sneeze at, has not equaled the heights of its earlier popularity. 

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