Viewing Event Record: Requests, Burbage vs Allen: Henry Johnson deposes again


Henry Johnson, silkweaver, deposes as a witness for Giles Allen in Cuthbert Burbage's suit against Allen. Johnson says that Cuthbert admitted that £30 in rent was due upon James Burbage's death, and that Cuthbert agreed to pay it if Allen extended the lease, but that the Theatre would be used as a playhouse for only five more years. Allen, however, would not extend the lease until the arrears were paid. Johnson adds that he believes Allen delayed making a new lease in order to drive up the annual rent. Johnson notes that he has on several occasions witnessed Burbage ask Allen to draw up a new lease, and that it is three years since he first heard Burbage do so. Allen was at the George, where he stayed when in London to collect his rents, when Burbage asked him for a new lease. Johnson has no knowledge that James Burbage ever agreed that the Theatre would continue as a playhouse for only five years following a lease renewal.

Date Event Recorded

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

Date Event Happened

From: 1597 To: 1600 (Source of claim: original)




Name Role
Allen, Giles defendant
Johnson, Henry deponent
Burbage, Cuthbert plaintiff
Burbage, James playhouse owner

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business