Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Francis and Richard Langley vs Woodliffe: Court recognizes Langley's surrender of the Boar's Head


Francis and Richard Langley sue Oliver Woodliffe in Chancery Court. The court order of 15 October 1602 records that the Richard Langley has agreed (Francis died in July 1602) to reassign the lease of the Boar's Head inn, stage, tiring-house, and galleries, free of all bonds and incumbrances, to Oliver Woodliffe. The court order records that, according to Woodliffe's counsel, Robert Browne has ceased paying for the 'stage, tiring-house and galleries,' for which he used to pay about £4 a week. Browne has sworn an oath to render an account of the playhouse profits to whomever should prove successful in the suit. In light of Langley's surrender and Browne's oath, the court orders Dr Carew and George Carew to consider whether Woodliffe's request of an injunction against Robert Browne should be granted.

Date Event Recorded

From: 15 October 1602 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 22 August 1601 To: 15 October 1602 (Source of claim: transcription)


Boar's Head


Name Role
Carew, Matthew Master in Chancery
Carew, George Master in Chancery
Woodliffe, Oliver defendant
Ayloff, defendant's counsel
Langley, Richard plaintiff
Langley, Francis plaintiff
Browne, Robert (III) playhouse inhabitant

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business
  • playhouse context