Performance Records (Henslowe's Diary)
F. 37v (Greg, I. 70)
Layd owt for the company of my lord admeralles } men for to by tafetie & tynsell to macke a payer } of bodeyes for a womones gowne to playe allece perce } xxs for wch I dellyuered vnto the littell tayller Jn Redey } money the 8 of desembʒ 1597 the some of }
- wittnes E Alleyn
layd owt mor the same tyme for makynge & a payer } of yeare sleavse of the bodeyes of pyges gowne } vjs vijd
lente vnto Robart shawe for to by cop lace } of [gowne] sylver to lace a payer of hosse for alles perce } xvjs the 10 desembʒ 1597 the some of }
- wittnes wm Borne Jube
- & gabrell spencer
F. 43v (Greg, I. 82)
layd owt for the companye to by tafetie & tynssell } for the bodeyes of a womones gowne to playe allce perce } xxs wch J dd vnto the litell tayller the 8 of desembʒ 1597 }
- wittnes E Alleyn
Greg, Papers (Appx. I, art. 1, p. 116. l. 53)
Under the heading “The Enventary of all the aparell for my Lord Admeralles men, tacken the 10 of Marche 1598. —Leaft above in the tier-house in the cheast.
- Item, ... j payer of bodeyes for Alles Pearce
- Alls Perce.
The listing of "Alls Perce" among the books Henslowe had in stock or had bought "since the 3d of March 1598," as well as the payments for apparel for the play in December of 1597, confirms acquisition by the Admiral's men. It also locates that acquisition in the wake of the breakup of Pembroke's men, who had been playing at the Swan in July 1597 and attracting unwelcome governmental attention because of one of their repertory items, "The Isle of Dogs." This coincidence influenced Greg II to assume that "Alice Pierce" had "been brought in [to the Admiral's holdings] by Pembroke's men," i.e., players including William Bird, Robert Shaa, and Gabriel Spencer (p. 187). If so, the play was performed at both the Swan and Rose playhouses in 1597-8.
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
References to the Play
Malone (I, pt. 2, pp. 302, 307), Collier, Fleay, and Greg
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