Viewing Event Record: Requests, Pembroke's Men vs Francis Langley: Langley answers the players' charges

Abstract

Francis Langley responds to the Pembroke's Men's bill of complaint against him. He observes that, following their agreement, he invested more than £300 in preparing the playhouse for their occupancy, and in apparel 'for their playing'. The players, however, without giving any reason, have since left to play at the Rose. He acknowledges that there have been restraints on playing, but notes that the players have had their liberty restored since the Feast of All Saints, and could have played if they had chosen. He argues that they have therefore forfeited their bonds, and that he should have the right to seek recompense for his expenses. He denies that he procured two of the five players in order to prevent them from meeting their obligations.

Date Event Recorded

Date
From: 24 November To: 1597 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

Date
From: February To: November 1597 (Source of claim: externally supplied)

Venues

Name
Swan
Name
Rose

Troupes

Name
Pembroke's Men

People

Name Role
Langley, Francis defendant
Shaw, Robert plaintiff
Henslowe, Philip playhouse owner
Harris, John scribe