Youth's Vagaries

Thomas Jordan (1641) (not lost)

Historical Records

The Office-Book of Sir Henry Herbert, Master of the Revels. In a note for August 1641, Herbert records, ‘Youths Figaries all[owe]d upon several reformations and not otherwise’ (209). The most recent editor of the Office-Book, N. W. Bawcutt, describes it as a lost play.

Theatrical Provenance

Red Bull–King's Company

Probable Genre(s)


Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues


References to the Play


Critical Commentary

Youth's Vagaries is not in fact a lost play, but an alternative title for Thomas Jordan's The Walks of Islington and Hogsdon. This point is made in Jordan's Oxford DNB entry, and in Bancroft's note.

For What It's Worth

Works Cited

Bawcutt, N. W. (ed.). The Control and Censorship of Caroline Drama: The Records of Sir Henry Herbert, Master of the Revels 1623–73 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996).
Bancroft, Victoria. "A ‘Lost’ Play Found: Thomas Jordan’s The Walks of Islington and Hogsdon" Notes and Queries (2013) 60 (1): 45-47.
Hulse, Lynn. ‘Jordan, Thomas (c.1614–1685)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008.

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