Viewing Event Record: A play at a new playhouse argues that plays must be good since puritans do not like them


William Prynne in his extensive anti-theatrical polemic 'Histriomastix' comments ironically that plays must be good recreations, since only puritans speak out against them while all others applaud and frequent them. This argument, he notes, has been recently put forward 'in a most scurrilous and prophane manner in the first Play that was acted in the New-erected Playhouse: a fit consecration Sermon for that Divels Chappell.'

Date Event Recorded

From: 1633 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: before 1633 (Source of claim: externally supplied)


Salisbury Court


Name Role
Prynne, William author

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Event Type

  • anti-theatrical comment
  • cultural context
  • playhouse context