Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Margaret Brayne vs the Burbages: James Burbage deposes


James Burbage deposes that last November Robert Miles came first to his son, Cuthbert Burbage, and then himself, demanding Margaret Brayne's share in the profits of the Theatre property. He cannot testify to his son's response, but himself told Miles that he was not compelled by the order of 13 November 1590 to relinquish anything to Margaret Brayne, explaining that the forfeiture of the lease to John Hyde had dissolved the terms of the arbitrament. Miles and Margaret Brayne also came to the Theatre and demanded their due, to which Burbage gave the same response. Around Michaelmas 1585, he and John Brayne granted one moiety of the Theatre profits to Henry Lanman, 'and bound themselves in great bonds for the performance thereof'. John Brayne arranged to mortgage the lease on the Theatre for a year, and then for another year, on the condition that the lease would be forfeited on non-payment of agreed sum. The lease was forfeited for non-payment.

Date Event Recorded

From: 16 February 1591 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 13 November 1590 To: 16 November 1590 (Source of claim: transcription)




Name Role
Turner, Richard arbiter
Hill, John arbiter
Harris, Serjeant attorney
Burbage, James defendant
Burbage, Cuthbert defendant
Hyde, John mortgage holder
Brayne, John playhouse financier
Miles, Robert playhouse sharer
Lanman, Henry playhouse sharer

Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business
  • public disturbance