Viewing Event Record: Privy Council assigns the combined Oxford and Worcester's Men to play at the Boar's Head


In a letter composed by the Earl of Worcester, the Privy Council acknowledges receipt of a letter from the Lord Mayor of London, concerning the abuses caused by theatrical activity in the city. The company recently formed by the merging of Oxford's and Worcester's Men represents a particular problem, as it moves from playhouse to playhouse, rather than remain at a single venue. Noting that the other allowed companies in the city each have their appointed playhouses, the Privy Council decides to assign the new company its own house: 'namely the Boar's Head.'

Date Event Recorded

From: 31 March 1602 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 31 March 1602 (Source of claim: original)


Boar's Head
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Name Event Role(s) Document Role(s)
Knollys, William council clerk
Sackville, Thomas councillor
Somerset, Edward councillor patron
Stanhope, John councillor
Fortescue, John councillor
Howard, Charles councillor
Cecil, Robert councillor
Herbert, John councillor
Lee, Robert lord mayor of London
de Vere, Edward patron

Event Type

  • company context
  • performance license
  • playhouse context