World Runs on Wheels, or All Fools but the Fool
To playwrights in Philip Henslowe's diary
Fol. 53 (Greg I.101)
ll - s - d Lent vnto thomas dowton the 22 of Janewary } 42-12-00 1598 to Leand vnto mr Chapman in earneste } vli of a Booke called the world Rones a wheeles } the some of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . }
Fol. 53v (Greg I.105)
Lent vnto mr Chapman the 13 of febreary } 1598 in part of payment of his boocke called } xxs the world Ronnes a wheeles . . . . . . . . . . . . }
Fol. 63 (Greg I.109)
Lent vnto Robart shawe the 2 of June 1599 } to paye vnto mr chapman for his Boocke } xxs called the worlde Runes a whelles some of }
Lent vnto wm Borne & Jewbey the 21 of } June 1599 to lend vnto mr chapman } xxxxs vpon his Boock called the world Ronnes } a whelles the some of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . }
Lent vnto thomas dowton the 2 of July 1599 } to paye mr chapman in full payment for } xxxs his Boocke called the world Rones a wheeles } & now all foolles but the foole some of }
- The Admiral's men anticipated a new play called "The World Runs on Wheels" in January of 1599, and by the time the script was completed it had become "All Fools but the Fool," which they probably introduced at the Rose when their autumn season began, perhaps following the Feast Day of Saints Simon and Jude (October 28).
- Comedy Harbage
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
- One clue to the initial narrative concept is the proverbial title, "World Runs on Wheels," which implies a story about everything running "on track," so to speak; however, there isn't an obvious rollover to the new title about fools, which implies considerable foolery given the preponderance of real fools to the one clever one.
References to the Play
- None known.
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