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Lord Chamberlain's King's Men 1594–1616

Members

  • Robert Armin (c. 1570–1615)
  • Christopher Beeston (1638)
  • Robert Benfield
  • George Bryan (1613)
  • Richard Burbage (c. 1571–1619)
  • Henry Condell (c. 1562–1627)
  • Alexander Cooke (1614)
  • Richard Cowley (1619)
  • John Duke
  • William Ecclestone (d. c.)
  • Nathan Field (1576–1633)
  • Robert Gough (1624)
  • John Heminges (1630)
  • John Holland
  • William Kempe (1608/9)
  • John Lowin (1576–1659)
  • William Ostler (1614)
  • Augustine Phillips (1605)
  • Thomas Pope (1604)
  • Richard Robinson (1648)
  • James Sands
  • William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  • John Sinckler (1604)
  • William Sly (1608)
  • Nicholas Tooley (c. 1575–1623)
  • John Underwood (1624)

1594

May

Lord Chamberlain's company established under the patronage of Henry Carey (1524–96), Lord Hunsdon. comprising Resident at the Theatre, Shoreditch, on a site rented from Giles Allen

June

At playhouse in Newington Butts with Lord Admiral's Men, presenting Titus Andronicus, The Taming of a Shrew and the Ur-Hamlet

December

At Court, The Comedy of Errors at Gray's Inn

1595

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II

January

At Court

December

Richard II performed privately for Sir Thomas Hoby at his house in The Strand; at Court

1596

King John, The Merchant of Venice; Ur-Hamlet at the Theatre

January

In Burley-on-the-Hill, Rutland, for Sir John Harington (Titus Andronicus); at Court

February

James Burbage (1531–97) buys properties for the former Dominican priory in Blackfriars and begins work converting it to a playhouse. The Burbages negotiate with Allen over renewal of the lease of Shoreditch site

February

At Court

July

Death of Henry Carey; his son George succeeds as patron of the company. They become Lord Hunsdon's Men as William Brooke (1527–97) assumes Lord Chamberlainship

November

Blackfriars residents, including George Carey, petition the Privy Council to block Blackfriars development

December

At Court

1597

Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, The Merry Wives of Windsor

January

At Court

February

Work on Blackfriars completed; death of James Burbage; at Court

March

Death of William Brooke, Lord Chamberlain; George Carey becomes Lord Chamberlain; the company resume the title of Lord Chamberlain's Men

April

Lease on the Theatre expires

July

Playhouses closed by order of the Privy Council following performance at the Swan of The Isle of Dogs

October

Playhouses re-open. Lord Chamberlain's Men resident at the Curtain, Shoreditch

December

At Court

1598

Every Man in his Humour (Jonson), Much Ado about Nothing

January – February

At Court

December

Allen refuses to renew lease on the Theatre's site, and the Lord Chamberlain's Men agree to lease two plots in Southwark from Sir Nicholas Brend (d.1600). At Court; Peter Street dismantles the Theatre and transports the timbers to Bankside

1599

Julius Caesar, Henry V, As You Like It

January

At Court

February

At Court; Brend, the company sharers sign lease on Bankside site and work begins on construction of Globe playhouse

c. March

Kempe leaves the company and is replaced by Robert Armin (c.  1570–1615)

May

Globe open

September

Julius Caesar at the Globe

December

At Court

1600

January – February

At Court

June

Privy Council licenses company to play at the Globe

December

At Court

1601

Satiromastix (Dekker)

January

At Court

February

Supporters of the Earl of Essex pay Lord Chamberlain's Men to perform Richard II on the eve of his failed rebellion. Phillips testifies before Privy Council. The company perform at Court on 24

February

December

At Court

1602

Troilus and Cressida, The Merry Devil of Edmonton

January

At Court

February

Twelfth Night at Middle Temple; at Court

December

At Court

1603

Sejanus (Jonson), The Malcontent (Marston)

February

At Court

March

Death of Elizabeth I; all playing in London is suspended until May

May

King James I arrives in London; Armin, Burbage, Condell, Cowley, Laurence Fletcher, Heminges, Phillips, Shakespeare and Sly are licensed as the King's Men. Plague closes playhouses

December

At Court

1604

The Fair Maid of Bristow, All's Well that Ends Well

January–February

At Court

March

In attendance at James's processional entry into London

April

Playhouses re-open

August

In attendance at Court as Grooms of the Chamber

November–December

At Court: Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure, The Comedy of Errors

December

John Chamberlain reports that a King's Men play dealing with the Gowrie conspiracy has attracted censure and is to be suppressed

1605

A Yorkshire Tragedy (Middleton), King Lear

January–March

At Court: Henry V, Every Man Out of His Humour, Every Man in His Humour, The Merchant of Venice, The Spanish Maze

December–March

At Court

1606

The Devil's Charter (Barnes), Love's Cure (Beaumont and Fletcher), Volpone (Jonson), The Revenger's Tragedy (Middleton), The Miseries of Enforced Marriage (Wilkins), Macbeth

July–August

At Hampton Court for visit by King of Denmark

December

At Court: King Lear

1607

Pericles

January–February & December

At Court

1608

Coriolanus

January–February

At Court

July

Plague closes playhouses

August

King's Men lease Blackfriars playhouse

December & March

At Court

1609

Philaster (Beaumont and Fletcher) at Blackfriars and Globe

December

Playhouses re-open

December–March

At Court

1610

The Alchemist (Jonson) at Blackfriars

April

Othello at the Globe 

July

Plague closes playhouses 

December

Playhouses re-open 

December–March

At Court

1611

Catiline (Jonson), A King and No King (Beaumont and Fletcher), The Second Maiden's Tragedy (Middleton), (?) The Woman's Prize; or, The Tamer Tamed (Fletcher)

April–September

Cymbeline at the Globe

April

Macbeth at the Globe; Richard II (not by Shakespeare)at the Globe

May

A Winter's Tale at the Globe

October–November

At Court: The Tempest, The Winter's Tale

November–December

At Court: A King and No King; The Twins' Tragedy

1612

The Captain (Fletcher)

January–April

At Court: The Silver Age and Lucretia (with the Queen's Men), The Nobleman

December–March

At Court: The Alchemist, A Bad Beginning Makes a

Good Ending, The Captain, Cardenio, 1 and 2 Henry IV, Julius Caesar, A King and No King, The Knot of Fools, The Maid's Tragedy, The Merry Devil of Edmonton, Much Ado about Nothing, The Nobleman, Othello, Philaster, The Tempest, The Twins’ Tragedy, The Winter's Tale

1613

Bonduca (Fletcher), The Two Noble Kinsmen (Shakespeare and Fletcher) at Blackfriars

June

At Court: Cardenio. Globe playhouse burns down during a performance of All is True (Henry VIII)

November–December

At Court

1614

The Duchess of Malfi (Webster) at Blackfriars, then Globe

January–March

At Court

June

Second Globe open

December–March

At Court

1615

Thierry and Theodores (Fletcher and Massinger)

March

Burbage and Heminges summoned to appear before Privy Council for breaking prohibition on performances during Lent

November–April

At Court

1616

The Devil is an Ass (Jonson) at Blackfriars, Love's Pilgrimage (Beaumont and Fletcher), The Witch (Middleton) at Blackfriars

23 April

Death of William Shakespeare

September–October

Macbeth, revised by Middleton, at Blackfriars

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