Wednesday, 3 November 2021

3 November, 1597 - Hardicanute

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

Henslowe writes: 3 | tt at knewtus | 00 | 10

In modern English: 3rd [November, 1597] ... total at Canutus ... 10 shillings

Today, the players performed a play called
Hardicanute as depicted in the Genealogical
Roll of the Kings of England
(14th century)
, which is most likely the same play as the Hardicanute staged recently. If so, it was about the young Danish prince who becomes a despotic king of England; you can read more about this play in the entry for 20 October. 

The introduction of Hardicanute to the Rose has not been a successful one; today's box office is very small. This is its last appearance in the Diary but that doesn't mean anything; the Diary will end soon but the Rose performances will not.

Henslowe links


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