RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 654, ff. 13, 39, 67-71, 95, 217, 248v, 253a & b
TitlePETIT (Jacques), Gascon servant of Anthony Bacon.
DescriptionCorrespondence with Anthony Bacon.

Folios 253a & b (January 1596) mention a performance of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. The section reads:
Le Jour de l'an fut monstree la liberalité de ces [...] & principalement de Mad. la Contesse, car depuis le plus [...] jusques au plus petit elle en donna bon tesmoignage, mesme [...] jen puis dire quelque chose. Les commediens de Londres sont venus icy pour en avoir leur part. On les feit jouer le soir [...] leur venue et le lendemain on les despecha.

On a fait icy une mascarade de l'invention de Sr Edw: Wingfield. On a aussi joué la tragedie de Titus Andronicus mais la monstre a plus valeu que le suiect.

On New Year's Day was demonstrated the generosity of these [hosts], and especially of milady the Countess, who bestowed it on all, from the [highest] to the lowest, as I myself can testify. The actors from London came here to receive their portion. They were asked to perform on the evening [of] their arrival and were sent away on the morrow.

Here was performed a masquerade devised by Sir Edward Wingfield. They also played the tragedy of Titus Andronicus, though the performance was better than the subject-matter.

The rest of the letter recounts enormous feastings, and mentions how much fun the festivities are, while regretting the presence of so many peasants ('gens rustiques'). The impression is that the performance took place on New Year's Day, but it's not entirely clear owing to damage to the page. Neither does the letter reveal who the hosts were.
FindingAidsAdditional catalogue information on folios 253a & b kindly supplied by Professor Michael J Heath
PhysicalDescriptionLetter foliated as MS 654/253a & b is also itemised as MS 654/167
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 796

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