Viewing Event Record: King's Bench, Allen vs Cuthbert Burbage: the summary


A Latin summary exists of Giles Allen's second King's Bench suit against Cuthbert Burbage began in Hilary Term 1601, after he lost Burbage's suit against him in the Court of Requests. Allen shifted his complaint from the taking of the Theatre to the Burbage's having failed to keep the terms of the original lease. The summary includes a Latin version of the original lease between James Burbage and Giles Allen of 13 April 1576, which defines the extent of the property in question. The summary records that on 17 September 1579 James assigned his interest in the land to John Hyde, and then on 7 June 1589, John Hyde assigned his interest and terms in the Theatre property to Cuthbert Burbage. Allen argues that the Burbages did not keep the buildings in good repair and so were in violation of the terms of the lease, while Cuthbert argues that the buildings were repaired and improved.

Date Event Recorded

From: Spring 1602 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 13 April 1576 To: 1599 (Source of claim: transcription)




Name Role
Burbage, Cuthbert defendant
Burbage, James leaseholder
Hyde, John leaseholder
Allen, Giles plaintiff
Tanner, John plaintiff's counsel
Harrison, Joan tenant
Dragon, John tenant
Garnett, William tenant
Colfoxe, Ewan tenant
Dancaster, Thomas tenant
Dotridge, Alice tenant
Brackenbury, Richard tenant
Manners, Edward, Earl of Rutland tenant
Richardes, Hugh tenant
Stoughton, Robert tenant
Allen, Sara wife

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Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse context