Viewing Event Record: The Middlesex Justices of the Peace ban dances and jigs at plays

Abstract

A bench of nineteen justices issues a declaration concerning jigs and dances performed as afterpieces in theatres. They note that such entertainments, customarily held at the Fortune playhouse, attract cutpurses 'and other lewd and ill-disposed persons in great multitudes.' The justices command, therefore, that such practices be abolished in all the London and Middlesex theatres.

Date Event Recorded

Date
From: 1 October 1612 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

Date
From: 1 October 1612 (Source of claim: original)

Venues

Name
Fortune (I)
Name
Blackfriars (II)
Name
Curtain
Name
Red Bull
Name
Swan

People

Name Role
Fowler, Thomas justice of the peace
Bowyer, William justice of the peace
Awnsham, Gedeon justice of the peace
Ashebye, Robert justice of the peace
Conyngsbye, Ralph justice of the peace
Hickes, Baptiste justice of the peace
Smythe, William justice of the peace
Saunders, Valentine justice of the peace
Brownlowe, Richard justice of the peace
Dobledaye, Edward justice of the peace
Spyller, Henry justice of the peace
Collyns, Nicholas justice of the peace
Hawtrey, Ralph justice of the peace
Roberts, Francis justice of the peace
Saunderson, Thomas justice of the peace
Gouldman, George justice of the peace
Bestney, Nicholas justice of the peace
Smale, Mathew justice of the peace

Event Type

  • performance restraint
  • playhouse context