Viewing Event Record: Requests, Woodliffe vs Browne: Robert Browne replies


Robert Browne replies to Oliver Woodliffe's bill of complaint. Browne agrees that Woodliffe demised the Boars Head property to Richard Samwell, according to the terms outlined in Woodliffe's bill of complaint. Browne denies the claim that he owes Woodliffe £200 for the stage, tiring-house, and galleries, and denies that since 22 August 1601 he has been holding back £5 a week in profits due Woodliffe. He confirms that the galleries in question were on the west side of the yard. Browne says that about two years ago (Autumn 1601) Richard (actually Francis) Langley invaded the playhouse, threatened to create a disturbance and then extorted money from the players allow them to perform. He accuses Woodliffe of attempting a similar extortion. Browne denies that he has taken the stage, tiring-house and western galleries by force, and kept them without legal entitlement, and he compares Woodliffe's present suit with Langley's efforts to extort money from Worcester's Men.

Date Event Recorded

From: 30 May 1603 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 13 April 1598 To: 30 May 1603 (Source of claim: transcription)


Boar's Head


Name Role
Browne, Robert (III) defendant
Woodliffe, Oliver plaintiff
Samwell, Richard, the Elder playhouse builder
Langley, Richard playhouse financier
Langley, Francis playhouse financier
Mago, John witness
Marsh, John witness

Event Type

  • company business
  • company context
  • company restraint
  • court case
  • performance restraint
  • playhouse business
  • playhouse context