Viewing Event Record: An apprentice threatens to riot unless remunerated for an injury sustained during a performance at the Red Bull


In a threatening letter written to the actor Richard Baxter by John (or Richard) Gill, a felt-maker's apprentice, Gill complains of an injury to the head sustained at the hands of Baxter while sitting on the stage at the Red Bull. The letter is quoted in a true bill arising from the arrest of Gill and Roger Edgill for assembling riotously at the Red Bull to follow through on the threat made in Gill's letter to gather 140 apprentices to attack Baxter unless satisfaction is made for the injury. Notes on the bill indicate that Roger Edgill was acquitted on 9 July 1623, but Gill failed to appear in court that day.

Date Event Recorded

From: 16 March 1623 To: 9 July 1623 (Source of claim: transcription)

Date Event Happened

From: 10 March 1623 (Source of claim: transcription)


Red Bull


Name Role
Edgill, Roger apprentice
Gill, John correspondent
Baxter, Richard correspondent

Event Type

  • arrest
  • audience context
  • court case
  • playhouse context
  • public disturbance
  • staging context