Plays at the Town Hall

  • 16 Jan 2012
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Plays seem to have been performed in the Town Hall, for in 1622, the Corporation ordered that in future, plays should be performed in the lower end only, and not in the upper end, or in the Council Chamber; an ordnance not strictly observed, for it was found necessary to repeat it four years later. From the terms of the order, it appears that 'tippling' was part of the customary entertainment, with the result that many  glass windows had been broken, and in 350 years ago, glazing was expensive. Apparently these restrictions drove the players to the Trinity Hall, for a further regulation forbade players there at night.