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'''Gurr''', addressing the set of payments for four plays in January 1597 including the payment of £4 for "A Woman Hard to Find" on the 27th (F. 23), suggests that Henslowe was entering "cross-payments to whoever owned the playbooks, probably [Martin] Slater and [Edward] Alleyn, although they were recorded as 'Rd', or receipts, not outgoings." Frustrated by his inability to reconcile these cross-payments with "more routine entries" for the four plays in the playlists, he observes that [n]othing in the ''Diary'' explains to any would-be auditor what these figures mean" (p. 94).   
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'''Gurr''', addressing the set of payments for four plays in January 1597 including the payment of £4 for "A Woman Hard to Find" on the 27th (F. 23), suggests that Henslowe was entering "cross-payments to whoever owned the playbooks, probably [Martin] Slater and [Edward] Alleyn, although they were recorded as 'Rd', or receipts, not outgoings." Frustrated by his inability to reconcile these cross-payments with "more routine entries" for the four plays in the playlists, he observes wryly that [n]othing in the ''Diary'' explains to any would-be auditor what these figures mean" (p. 94).   
  
 
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Historical Records


Henslowe's Payments (Henslowe's Diary)


F.23 /Greg I.45

Res at a womon hard to please the 27 of Janewary 97 . . } iiijli


Performance Records (Henslowe's Diary)


F.26 / Greg 1.51

January 1597
27 ne.. tt at womane hard to please. . . . . . . . . . 02|11|06—07—08
29 tt at womon hard to please. . . . . . . . . . . 02|03|04—14—00
ffebreary
1597
1 tt at womones hard to pleasse. . . . . . . 01|05|02—11—02
4 tt at womon hard to pleasse. . . . . . . . . 01|08|04—03—00
Shrove tewesday 8 tt at womon hard to please. . . . . . . . . . 01|09|01—02—01



begynyng in leant
Marche 1597
7 tt at a womon hard to pleasse. . . . . . . . . . 01|05|06-02-01
Easter mvnday
28 tt at a womon hard to pleasse. . . . . . . . . . 01|11|00-00-00
Aprelle 1597
8 tt at womon hard to pleasse. . . . . . . . . . . . 00|05|03-00-00


F. 26v / Greg 1.52

Aprelle 1597
16 tt at womon hard to please. . . . . . . . . . 00|05|03-00-00
Maye 1597
10 tt at womon hard to plesse. . . . . . . . . . 00|17|03-10-00
27 tt at womon hard to pleasse. . . . . . . . . 00|05|00-00-00



Theatrical Provenance


The Admiral's men introduced "A Woman Hard to Please" to the stage at the Rose in the spring of 1597.


Probable Genre(s)

Comedy (Harbage)


Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues


Information welcome.


References to the Play


None known.


Critical Commentary


Gurr, addressing the set of payments for four plays in January 1597 including the payment of £4 for "A Woman Hard to Find" on the 27th (F. 23), suggests that Henslowe was entering "cross-payments to whoever owned the playbooks, probably [Martin] Slater and [Edward] Alleyn, although they were recorded as 'Rd', or receipts, not outgoings." Frustrated by his inability to reconcile these cross-payments with "more routine entries" for the four plays in the playlists, he observes wryly that [n]othing in the Diary explains to any would-be auditor what these figures mean" (p. 94).


Wiggins, Catalogue toys with the possibility that Henry Porter was the author of "A Woman Hard to Please" (see #1056 for details).


For What It's Worth


The Admiral's men gave "A Woman Hard to Please" five performances over a span of eleven days, a rare (if not unique) repetition of the same play during this short a period of time.


Works Cited

Gurr, Andrew. Shakespeare's Opposites: The Admiral's Company 1594-1625. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.




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