“Old and Silly!” – S. Pepys

Samuel Pepys, 17th Century Theater Critic
The Coxcomb – Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher – ★★☆☆☆

Wednesday March 17, 1669:

“…took my wife by a hackney to the King’s playhouse, and saw “The Coxcomb,” the first time acted, but an old play, and a silly one, being acted only by the young people.” *

via The Diary of Samuel Pepys

* The regular company could not perform on certain days during Lent, but the younger members were permitted “to act for their own profit on Wednesdays and Fridays”.


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