Viewing Event Record: Requests, Cuthbert Burbage vs Allen: John Goburne deposes again


John Goburne, merchant taylor and another witness for Allen, deposes in Cuthbert Burbage's suit against Allen. Goburne confirms that James Burbage owed £30 to Allen in rent when he died, that Cuthbert has acknowledged the debt, and that it was a source of contention in their negotiations to extend the lease. Goburn says he never heard James Burbage agree with Allen to allow the Theatre to continue as a playhouse for a term of five years. James Burbage told Allen he would increase his rent by £10 per annum if the Theatre was allowed to continue as a playhouse for the full term of the new lease. Once this term had expired, Burbage or his son Cuthbert would convert the Theatre to some new purpose. Nothing was settled in this meeting, as Allen was reluctant to have the Theatre continue as a playhouse for such a long period. Goburne confirms that he and Thomas Nevill were present during these negotiations.

Date Event Recorded

From: 23 May 1600 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 1576 To: 23 May 1600 (Source of claim: transcription)




Name Role
Allen, Giles defendant
Goburne, John deponent
Burbage, Cuthbert plaintiff
Burbage, James playhouse owner
Johnson, Henry witness
Nevill, Thomas witness

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business