Viewing Event Record: William Beeston and his players are punished for the performance of an unlicensed play

Abstract

A note in Henry Herbert's Office Book refers to William Beeston's arrest and confinement at Marshalsea on 4 May 1640, by warrant of the Lord Chamberlain, for having played an unlicensed play. On the same day, Beeston's company is ordered to forbear playing. The players 'lay still' Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and, 'upon their petition of submission', are restored to liberty on Thursday. Herbert has called for the book, and, because of certain offensive passages therein touching on the King's journey into the north, forbidden its further performance.

Date Event Recorded

Date
From: after Thursday 7 May 1640 (Source of claim: externally supplied)

Date Event Happened

Date
From: Monday 4 May 1640 To: Thursday 7 May 1640 (Source of claim: transcription)

Venues

Name
Phoenix/Cockpit

Troupes

Name
Beeston's Boys

People

Name Role
Herbert, Philip, 1st Earl Montgomery Lord Chamberlain
Beeston, William company manager

Event Type

  • company restraint
  • illicit performance
  • play censorship
  • playhouse context