Viewing Event Record: Prince Otto von Hessen-Cassell describes London's theatre scene in 1611

Abstract

Prince Otto von Hessen-Cassell visits London in 1611; his diary provides a summary of London's theatrical offerings. London has seven theatres, which present plays [comodien] every day except Sunday. The best of these is the Globe [der glbs], which lies across the water. The theatre in which the children play is on this side of the water [ie in the City]; performances run at 3pm, but only from Michaelmas through Easter. Admission to the children's theatre is half a shilling, but as much as half a crown at the other place [ie the Globe]. The Globe plays only by candlelight, and has the best company in London. There is also a house in which bears and hares are baited with dogs.

Date Event Recorded

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From: 1611 (Source of claim: transcription)

Date Event Happened

Date
From: 1611 (Source of claim: transcription)

Venues

Name
Bear Garden
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Blackfriars (II)
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Boar's Head
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Curtain
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Fortune (I)
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Globe (I)
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Red Bull
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Whitefriars

Event Type

  • audience context
  • beargarden context
  • cultural context
  • performance context