Viewing Event Record: Chamberlain's Office, 'Sharers' Papers': The players address a further petition


Robert Benfield, Elliard Swanston and Thomas Pollard make a further petition concerning the shares in the Globe and the Blackfriars. They complain that the six housekeepers have between them a full moiety of the profits of both houses, including the galleries and boxes, and the tiring-house door at the Globe. The actors have the other moiety, with the outer doors, but there are nine actors to the six members of the consortium; their profits are therefore significantly less, and they must nevertheless pay the expenses of the house out of these. They enumerate further inequities in the financial arrangements, and ask on these grounds that they be allowed to purchase shares from those members of the consortium 'as are fittest to spare them:' at the Globe, Mr Shanks, Mr Robinson and his wife, and Cuthbert Burbage, and at the Blackfriars, Mr Shanks.

Date Event Recorded

From: 1635 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

To: 1635 (Source of claim: original)


Globe (II)
Blackfriars (II)


King's Men (1625-1642)


Name Role
Benfield, Robert player
Swanston, Elliard player
Pollard, Thomas player
Burbage, Cuthbert playhouse sharer
Condell, Elizabeth playhouse sharer
Shank, John playhouse sharer
Taylor, Joseph playhouse sharer
Robinson, Richard playhouse sharer
Lowin, John playhouse sharer
Robinson, Winifred playhouse sharer

Event Type

  • company business
  • court case
  • playhouse business