Viewing Event Record: King's Bench, Allen vs Street: The summary and account of the lease of the Theatre property


Giles Allen's lawsuit against Peter Street, carpenter, provides evidence concerning the pulling down of the Theatre. Allen accuses Street of trespassing, trampling his plants, and stealing the Theatre. Street argues that he was acting as the servant of Cuthbert Burbage and therefore he should not be the target of the suit. The bill is mostly in Latin, but quotes in full the proposed extension of the lease made on 1 November 1585 by James Burbage which Allen refused to sign.

Date Event Recorded

From: 1600 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 1 November 1585 To: January 1599 (Source of claim: original)




Name Role
Tanner, John attorney
Daniel, William attorney
Peter, Thomas attorney
Street, Peter defendant
Hyde, John mortgage holder
Allen, Giles plaintiff
Burbage, Cuthbert playhouse owner
Burbage, James playhouse owner
Dancaster, Thomas shoemaker
Harrison, Joan tenant
Dragon, John tenant
Gardiner, William tenant
Colfoxe, Ewan tenant
Dotridge, Alice tenant
Richardes, Hugh tenant
Stoughton, Robert tenant
Manners, Edward, Earl of Rutland tenant
Scory, John tenant
Scory, Elizabeth tenant
Dancaster, Thomas tenant
Brackenbury, Richard tenant
Allen, Sara wife

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse context