Poor Man’s Paradise, The

William Haughton (1599)

Historical Records


To playwrights in Philip Henslowe's diary

Fol. 63v (Greg I.110)

Lent vnto Thomas downton the 20 aguste }
1599 to lend vnto hawghton in earnest of a } xiijs
Boocke called the poore manes paradice the some of }

Fol. 64 (Greg I.111)

Lent vnto Thomas downton the 25 aguste }
1599 to paye [harey chettell] Thomas hawton for his Boocke } xvijs
called the poore manes paradice the some of ... }

Theatrical Provenance

The Admiral's Men began payments to William Haughton on "The Poor Man's Paradise" in August 1599 early in their fall season at the Rose; across the way on Maid Lane, the Chamberlain's Men were underway with their fall season at the newly opened Globe.

Probable Genre(s)

Comedy (?) (Harbage)

Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

None known.

References to the Play

None known.

Critical Commentary

Greg says that "[n]othing is known of this play" (II.205, Item #181).

For What It's Worth

Knutson lists the play as probably completed, on the basis of Henslowe's wording "for his Boocke" in the payment on 25 August 1599 (37n).

Works Cited

Knutson, Roslyn L. “Toe to Toe Across Maid Lane: : Repertorial Competition at the Rose and Globe, 1599-1600,” in June Schlueter and Paul Nelsen (eds) Acts of Criticism: Performance Matters in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (Madison & Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2005), 21-37.

Site created and maintained by Roslyn L. Knutson, Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; updated 7 November 2009.