Viewing Event Record: Burbage and Brayne are indicted for illicit and violent assemblies at the Theatre


John Brayne and James Burbage are charged with having presented plays at the Theatre in Holywell to illicit assemblies of people 'on 21 February, . . . and divers other days and time before and after'. Their illicit gatherings have resulted in 'great affrays, reviling, tumult and near insurrections, and divers other malefactions and enormities', to the general peril and disturbance of the peace. The indictment suggests that all performances at the Theatre are unauthorized.

Date Event Recorded

From: 14 April 1580 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 21 February 1580 (Source of claim: transcription)




Name Role
Burbage, James playhouse manager
Brayne, John playhouse manager

Event Type

  • anti-theatrical comment
  • arrest
  • audience context
  • court case
  • cultural context
  • illicit performance
  • performance context
  • playhouse context
  • public disturbance