Viewing Event Record: Requests, Cuthbert Burbage vs Allen: William Smythe deposes


William Smythe deposes in Cuthbert Burbage's suit against Giles Allen in Requests court. Smythe testifies that he has seen the original lease of the Theatre properties made by Giles Allen to James Burbage on 13 April 1576, and he give the specific details of that lease. He provides a narrative of James and Cuthbert Burbage's failed attempts to extend that lease. He says he has seen the account book showing James spent two hundred and odd pounds improving the properties, and that Cuthbert has continued improving the properties. Smythe says that Cuthbert had his mother's consent to pull down the Theatre building, as she was there at the time and approved the activity. He adds that Cuthbert has spent an additional £10 improving the properties following the removal of the Theatre. Smythe had heard of the dispute between James Burbage and Edmond Peckham, but can provide no specific details.

Date Event Recorded

From: 15 May 1600 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 13 April 1576 To: 15 May 1600 (Source of claim: original)




Name Role
Burbage, Ellen administratrix
Allen, Giles defendant
Smythe, William deponent
Peckham, Edmond disputant
Burbage, Cuthbert plaintiff
Burbage, James playhouse owner
Allen, Sara wife

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business