By Neil Carson
Henslowe's 'diary' is a special resource of knowledge in regards to the day by day operating of the Elizabethan repertory theatre. Philip Henslowe, a theatrical entrepreneur, saved files of his monetary dealings with London businesses and actors from 1592-1604. The diary itself is tough to decipher. Neil Carson's research relies on a way more thorough correlation of Henslowe's entries than has been tried earlier than, breaking down into transparent tabular shape the most goods of source of revenue and expenditure and drawing conclusions in regards to the administration systems of the firms, the pro relationships of actors and playwrights and the ways that performs have been written, rehearsed and programmed. past hypothesis has brushed off Henslowe himself as ignorant, disorderly and greedy. Carson indicates him to were a benign and effective businessman whose regulate over the actors' expert actions was once less large than has usually been intended.
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35,36v). Finally, it is not at all clear whether the money belonged to Henslowe or the players. The amounts are not deducted from the actors' debt which might suggest (as it apparently did to Greg) that they represent payments for rent. But why are they so much smaller than earlier 'rental' figures? And why were they so carefully rounded off? One possibility is that the money was being held in trust by Henslowe and like Humphrey Jeffes' half-share (for which Henslowe also rendered a 'Juste acownte'), it was 'payd backe agayne vnto the companey' (f.
A third possibility is that Henslowe is including the 1595 debt of £30. It would appear that this marks the end of the Admiral's Men's tenancy at the Rose. On 28 October 1600, Henslowe began an account with Pembroke's Men, who 'begane to playe at the Rosse' on that day (f. 83). But the daily receipt entries continue for only two days, which suggests to me, not that Pembroke's deserted the theatre, but that it did not require Henslowe's services as banker in the same way as its predecessors. Henslowe continued to lend the Admiral's Men money, but it becomes more difficult to envisage just how the business was carried on.
The loan accounts continue without interruption after the October balancing. From this point, however, Henslowe began recording the total of his loans at the bottom of each page. This considerably simplified the procedure of balancing which he next did on 10 July 1600. At that time eleven sharers of the Company acknowledged a debt of £300 (f. 69v). It is difficult to see how Henslowe arrived at this figure. His own subtotals added to his previous reckoning yield a grand total of £842-18-5 which, after repayments of £565-05 have been deducted, leaves a balance owing of £271-13-0.
A Companion to Henslowe's Diary by Neil Carson