Viewing Event Record: Plays are banned, and the Curtain and Theatre are to be pulled down

Abstract

The privy council addresses a letter concerning public playhouses to the Justices of Middlesex. On the intelligence that the playhouses are sites of disorder and corruption, the Queen orders that no plays are to be performed in any public place in and around London during the summer months. The purpose-built theatres, namely the Curtain and the Theatre, are to be pulled down.

Date Event Recorded

Date
From: 28 July 1597 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

Date
From: 28 July 1597 (Source of claim: original)

Venues

Name
Curtain
Name
Theatre
Name
Rose
Name
Swan

People

Name Role
Howard, Charles, Earl of Nottingham Lord Admiral
Carey, George, Baron Hunsdon Lord Chamberlain
Egerton, Thomas Lord Keeper
Cecil, William, Baron Burghley Lord Treasurer
Walsingham, Francis Principal Secretary
Knollys, William comptroller
Wrothe, Robert justice of the peace
Fleetwood, William justice of the peace
Barne, John justice of the peace
Fowler, Thomas justice of the peace
Skevington, Richard justice of the peace
Bowyer, William justice of the peace
Gardiner, William justice of the peace
Scott, Bartholomew justice of the peace

Event Type

  • performance restraint
  • playhouse restraint