Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Margaret Brayne vs the Burbages: Henry Lanman deposes


Henry Lanman, owner of the Curtain, deposes in Margaret Brayne's lawsuit against James Burbage. Lanman claims to have heard that Burbage was in financial trouble when the Theatre was under construction, and that it was Brayne's money and credit that paid for the building, and refers to the abitrament made between Burbage and Brayne. Lanman then give details of the agreement made less just less than seven years ago, between himself, Burbage and John Brayne to share the profits of the Theatre and Curtain for a period of seven years. According to Lanman, 'the said Burbage and Braynes taking the Curten as an Esore to their playe housse did of ther own mocion move this Depo[t] that he wold agree that the proffittes of the said ij Playe howses might for vij yeres space be in Dyvydent betwene them'. Lanman says that Brayne received his due share of the profits until his death, but after that Burbage soon began withholding her share of the profits from Margaret Brayne, for which Lanman remonstrated with Burbage. Lanman estimates that since the death of John Brayne, Burbage has received 'one hundreth markes or fourscore poundes by the yere' as his share of the two playhouses.

Date Event Recorded

From: 30 July 1592 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: Autumn 1585 To: 30 July 1592 (Source of claim: transcription)




Name Role
Burbage, James defendant
Burbage, Cuthbert defendant
Lanman, Henry deponent
Brayne, Margaret plaintiff
Brayne, John playhouse sharer

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business