Viewing Event Record: Lord Mayor to Privy Council: Lord Strange's Men play at Cross Keys in defiance of a city-wide order


The Lord Mayor writes to the Privy Council that, according to his understanding of an order by Lord Burghley, he has undertaken to prohibit all plays within the City. To this end, he called before him yesterday the Lord Admiral's and Lord Strange's Men, and ordered them to stop playing 'until further order might be given for their allowance in that respect.' The Admiral's Men obeyed, but Lord Strange's Men defied the order and played at the Cross Keys that afternoon, in consequence of which he has this evening placed some of them in prison. He intends to maintain the prohibition until he has received further direction.

Date Event Recorded

From: 6 November 1589 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 6 November 1589 (Source of claim: original)


Cross Keys


Name Event Role(s) Document Role(s)
Cecil, William Lord Treasurer
Tilney, Edmund Master of the Revels
Hart, John lord mayor of London

Event Type

  • arrest
  • company context
  • company restraint
  • playhouse context
  • playhouse restraint