The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1658 Monday, 6 September 2004
Date: Friday, 3 Sep 2004 20:27:13 -0400
Subject: 15.1630 Henslowe's 'ne'
Comment: Re: SHK 15.1630 Henslowe's 'ne'
Chris Whatmore wrote:
>subject of increased takings on 'ne' days, I still doubt that the ticket
>prices would have been higher for new plays (would you pay extra to see
>a play you'd never heard of?)
There is evidence that double the usual admission price was charged at
some premiere performances. In 1585, a German merchant, Samuel Kiechel,
"Comedies are given daily. . There are some peculiar houses, which are
so made as to have [in some instances] three galleries over one another,
inasmuch as a great number of people always enters to see such an
entertainment. It may well be that they take as much as from . . . [