Viewing Event Record: Chancery, Margaret Brayne vs the Burbages: interrogatories for John Alleyn


James and Cuthbert Burbage question John Alleyn concerning Margaret Brayne's suit against them in Chancery court. They ask Alleyn whether he knows the details of the arbitrament made between James Burbage and John Brayne by Richard Turner and John Hill, the details of the lease of the Theatre made to James Burbage by Giles Allen, and the details of the profit-sharing arrangement with Henry Lanman. Alleyn is questioned whether he was ever present when Lanman was paid profits from the Theatre by Burbage and Brayne, and later by Burbage alone. They ask Alleyn about the attempt by Margaret Brayne to place doorkeepers to collect money in the Theatre, whether she ever presented her authority to do so [by a Chancery order of 13 November 1591] to the Burbages, and what words Burbage used to deny that attempt. Alleyn is then asked whether Robert Miles has said to him that he will come to own the Theatre and 'pull the . . . Burbages out thereof by the eares', and whether Robert's son Ralph has affirmed that claim.

Date Event Recorded

From: before 6 May 1592 (Source of claim: transcription)

Date Event Happened

From: 12 July 1578 To: Spring 1591 (Source of claim: transcription)




Name Role
Turner, Richard arbiter
Hill, John arbiter
Burbage, James defendant
Burbage, Cuthbert defendant
Alleyn, John deponent
Allen, Giles lessor
Brayne, Margaret plaintiff
Brayne, John playhouse sharer
Lanman, Henry playhouse sharer
Miles, Ralph son

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Event Type

  • court case
  • playhouse business