p 339 (7 May) (Nonsuch)
A lettre to the Lord Maior of the citie of London: that whereas their lordshipes were giuen to vnderstand that certaine outrages and disorders were of late committed in certaine places and Theaters erected within that Citie of London or the suburbes of the same where enterludes & comedies were vsuallie plaied, and for that the season of the yeare grew hotter and hotter it was to be doubted least by reason of the Concorse of people to such places of common assemblies there might some danger of infeccion happen in the Citie Their lordshipes thought it expedient to haue the vse of the said Interludes inhibited both at the Theaters, and in all other places within his iurisdiccion And therefore required him accordinglie to take presente order for the stayinge of the same, charginge the plaiers and actors to cease and forbeare the vse of the said places for the purpose of playinge or shewinge of anie such Enterludes or Comedies vntill after Barthelomew tide next ensuinge/
A like lettre to the same effecte to the master of the Rolles.
A like lettre to the like effecte to the ⸢Iustices⸣
sheriffes of Surrie/
The Rose playhouse on Bankside may not yet have been opened by this date but the playhouse at Newington Butts could have been affected by this summer inhibition.
The privy councillors present at the meeting are listed in the left margin as follows: Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor, 1587–91; Sir William Cecil, first Baron Burghley and Lord Treasurer, 1572–98; Ambrose Dudley, twenty-first earl of Warwick; Robert Dudley, fourteenth earl of Leicester; Charles Howard, second Baron Howard of Effingham and Lord Admiral, 1585–1618/19; Henry Carey, first Baron Hunsdon and Lord Chamberlain of the Household, 1585–96; and Sir Francis Walsingham, principal secretary, 1573–90.
Record title: Privy Council Letter restraining Plays
Shelfmark: PC 2/14
Repository location: Kew
For an abstract of the document and details of its transcription history, see the related EMLoT event record.
19 February 1585/6–1 November 1587; English; paper; ii + 282 + ii; 342mm x 225mm; ink pagination 1A, 1–480 ( blank, followed by 6 blank 19th-c. leaves and 36 unnumbered leaves, index in a different hand); good condition; bound in worn maroon leather over boards, tooled, title on spine in gilt: '<.....>BETH. | VOL. VIII<..>. | COUNCIL | REGISTER. | 15. MAY 1589. | TO | 6 APR. 1590.'