Viewing Event Record: Thomas Crosfield records theatres and actors of the five main London companies


In a diary entry dated 18 July 1634, Thomas Crosfield of Queen's College, Oxford records information given to him by Richard Kendall, wardrobe keeper of the King's Revels company, concerning the five main London companies, their theatres, and actors. Kendall locates the King's Men at the Blackfriars, with Joseph Taylor and John Lowin as their chief players. Queen Henrietta Maria's Men are at the Phoenix under Christopher Beeston, with Michael Bowyer, James Shirley, William Robbins (called Robinson) and Hugh Clarke. Prince Charles' Men are at the Red Bull under Andrew Cane with Ellis Worth and Mathew Smith. At the Fortune are an unnamed company (formerly the Red Bull Company) under William Cartwright with Edward Armiger (called Armestead), John Buckle and John Kirke. The Company of Salisbury Court (the King's Revels) consist of Richard Gunnell, 'a Papist,' John Young, Edward Gibbs, 'a fencer,' Timothy Reade, Christopher Goade, Samual Thompson, George Stutville (called Staffeild), John Robinson, and Curtis Greville, who are all sharers. Kendall along with Anthony Dover are named as close keepers to the company. Crosfield notes that only the King's Men are allowed to come to Oxford without specially requesting special letters from the chancellor. The Salisbury Court company ran into trouble at Oxford when one of their boys quarreled with a student in a tavern. They traveled with fourteen plays and received four nobles plus the benefit of seats for each performance.

Date Event Recorded

From: 18 July 1634 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: July 1634 (Source of claim: original)

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  • company business
  • company context
  • player context
  • playhouse context
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