Time's Triumph and Fortune's
Playlists in Philip Henslowe's diary
Fol. 26v (Greg I, p. 52)
Aprell 1597 |13| . . . . . . tt at times triumpe & fortus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01|05|01 — 00 — 03
The single appearance of "Time's Triumph" in Henslowe's records for the Admiral's men at the Rose in April 1957 is the only recorded evidence of the play's existence and theatrical provenance.
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
References to the Play
Malone had no comment to make about this title, but he did read the spelling as "times triumph and foztus" (p. 299).
Collier remarked that Henslowe's phrasing of the play title makes it sound "as if two different pieces had been performed on the same day" (p. 86), but otherwise he had no comment on the content of the item.
Fleay,BCED, as was often his inclination, identified the play with a later one: by Thomas Heywood, in this case one he calls Timon or Misanthrope, apparently lost (2. #148, p. 301). Fleay also considered that "Times Triumph" might have been one of the pieces in either "Five Plays in One" or "Four Plays in One" (1.#8, p. 287). However, in A Chronicle History (p. 114), he had identified "Times Triumph" with Heywood's Jupiter and Io (1637) and attributed to it the property in Henslowe's inventory of Argus's head ("Argosse heade" Greg, Papers, APX. I, art. 1, p. 117, l.66)
Greg II rejected all of Fleay's supposes about what other play "Times Triumph" might be. He read Henslowe's "& fortus" to be "and fortune," and a more compelling suggestion has yet to be offered (#104).
Over time, the play title acquired an apostrophe "s": Harbage, p. 52; Gurr, p. 228. Wiggins, Catalogue considers the possibility that "Fortune's" was meant to modify some word (now missing) other than "Triumph" ( #1022).
For What It's Worth
According to Greg II, Fleay read the "fortus" in Henslowe's title as Faustus (as in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, which Fleay then saw as a double billing on 13 April 1597 with a separate plays called "Times Triumph" (#104, p. 184). Greg did not specify where this claim by Fleay is in print.
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