The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.037  Tuesday, 31 January 2012


From:         Sylvia Morris <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         January 31, 2012 6:26:21 AM EST

Subject:     Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon 1597


Historian Dr Robert Bearman has uncovered a long-lost snippet of information about Stratford-upon-Avon performances in Shakespeare’s lifetime. His report is the latest post of The Shakespeare blog,


Berman writes in part, “ . . . I recently stumbled more or less by chance on the names of three travelling companies of players who visited Stratford in the summer of 1597, the year Shakespeare bought New Place. These visits were already on record in outline form and have been known about for some time: for Stratford’s chamberlain, in his accounts for that year, had included a payment of 19s 4d to reimburse the bailiff, Abraham Sturley for money he had laid out ‘for foure companyes of players’. But on the back of a bill (still extant in the borough archives) which formed another item in the accounts, I found that Sturley had jotted down further details of these playing companies, principally ‘the Queens plairs’, who were given 10 shillings on 16 and 17 July. He then adds, more scruffily and in a different ink, the names of two other troupes, ‘Therle of Darbies’ and ‘mi Ld Ogles’, though not specifying the payments received. . . .”


Sylvia Morris

Twitter:  @sylvmorris1

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