Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Margaret Brayne vs the Burbages: John Alleyn deposes


John Alleyn answers questions asked by James and Cuthbert Burbage in Margaret Brayne's lawsuit against the Burbages. His testimony provides evidence of the division of profits amongst the various owners of the Theatre and Curtain. Alleyn testifies that he is aware of the arbitrament between John Brayne and James Burbage and that it awarded Brayne one half the profits from the Theatre. He also testifies that Henry Lanman had part of the profits in the Theatre. Alleyn refers to his previous deposition for his account of the attempt by Margaret Brayne to gather money at the Theatre, and denies that Robert or Ralph Miles have asserted that they will come to own the Theatre. He does affirm that Burbage used violent language against Brayne and her allies. While Alleyn admits he never witnessed Burbage or Brayne pay Lanman profits from the Theatre, he has seen Burbage pay part of those profits to Lanman's agents, and that Brayne and Burbage had in exchange one-half the profits of the Curtain.

Date Event Recorded

From: 6 May 1592 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 12 July 1578 To: Spring 1591 (Source of claim: transcription)




Name Role
Burbage, James defendant
Burbage, Cuthbert defendant
Alleyn, John deponent
Brayne, Margaret plaintiff
Lanman, Henry playhouse owner
Brayne, John playhouse sharer
Miles, Ralph son
Miles, Robert suitor
Byshop, Nicholas witness
Tunstall, James witness

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business