Viewing Event Record: Cut-purses are tied to stage-posts when caught during performances


Two men following William Kemp's morris dance from London to Norwich are arrested for theft. Kemp affirms that one is known to him as a cut-purse, 'such a one as we tye to a poast on our stage, for all the people to wonder at, when at a play they are taken pilfring.'

Date Event Recorded

From: 1600 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: before 1600 (Source of claim: original)



Name Role
Kemp, William player

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  • audience context
  • cultural context
  • performance context
  • playhouse context
  • staging context