Viewing Event Record: Henslowe and Meade contract with Katherens to build the Hope theatre


Philip Henslowe and Jacob Meade enter into an agreement with Gilbert Katherens, a carpenter, to construct a new playhouse on the site of the Bear Garden. Katherens is entrusted with the job of pulling down the existing structures on the property, and of erecting new buildings which will accommodate both bull- and bear-baiting games and theatrical shows. The work is to be completed by the end of November 1613, and to proceed at Katheren's 'own proper costs and charges.' The new playhouse is to be built in all particulars on the model of the Swan. The document then provides details concerning the stage, boxes, galleries, and so on, including the dimensions of the new structure. Katherens is to have to his use all the materials which make up the existing buildings. Henslowe and Meade are to pay Katherens £360 for his work, in a series of instalments.

Date Event Recorded

From: 29 August 1613 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 29 August 1613 To: 30 November 1613 (Source of claim: original)


Bear Garden


Name Event Role(s) Document Role(s)
Katherens, Gilbert carpenter
Henslowe, Philip playhouse builder esquire
Meade, Jacob playhouse builder waterman

Event Type

  • playhouse business
  • playhouse context
  • staging context