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Puritan Lockdown

On this day … “23 CAR. I.  … Die Sabbati, 16 Octobris, 1647.  … Suppressing Stage Plays, &c. For the better Suppression of Stage-plays, Interludes, and Common Players; It is this Day Ordered, by the [blank space] and Commons, in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Mayor, Justices of the Peace, and Sheriffs of the Cities… Read more »

Open, locks, Whoever knocks

The 7th of August in the year 1606 saw the first recorded performance of Macbeth, in the Great Hall at Hampton Court. Shakespeare’s addition of three witches into the historical brew was tailored to grab the interest of the evening’s host, King James VI & I, himself an author with a well-known interest in the… Read more »