Boar’s Head Theatre

Theatre in/near Spitalfields, existed between 1598 and 1616

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The Boar’s Head Theatre was an inn-yard theatre in the Whitechapel area.

The Boar’s Head was located on the north side of Whitechapel High Street. Berry notes that "it became a playhouse partly because of where it was — just outside the City of London … a few feet beyond the ordinary jurisdiction of the lord mayor and his aldermen."

The Boar’s Head was originally an inn, which was built in the 1530s; it underwent two renovations for use as a playhouse: first, in 1598, when a simple stage was erected, and a second, more elaborate renovation in 1599. In 1616, the lease of the space to Oliver Woodliffe, one of the men responsible for expanding the theatre, expired, and Charles Sisson surmises that this marked the end of the Boar’s Head’s days as a theatre space.

On 28 November 1594, Jane and Henry Poley, who owned the inn, entered a lease agreement with Oliver and Susan Woodliffe. The agreement began on 25 March 1595 and ended on 24 March 1616 and included a promise to spend £100 during the following seven years to build, among other things, a tiring house and a stage.

In 1598, a primitive stage was built in the middle of the yard, measuring 39 feet 7 inches by 25 feet. The audience stood mostly in the yard, as the galleries were not big enough to accommodate a large audience. In 1599, Woodliffe and Richard Samwell (who had leased the inn in 1598 from Woodliffe; Woodliffe remained landlord of the theatre) took down the primitive stage setup and built a new playhouse apparently meant to compete with Shakespeare’s Globe, which had just opened on the other side of the Thames. As Leggatt states, "the stage — essentially the same stage — was moved to the west wall so that actors could enter directly on to it from the tiring house, a roof was built over the stage, and the galleries were considerably expanded and roofed with tiles."

During its lifetime as a playhouse, it was home to the Earl of Derby’s Men (summer 1599-summer 1601, summer 1602-March 1603), the Earl of Worcester’s Men (summer 1601-summer 1602, April 1604-1605 or 1606), and Prince Charles’ Men (summer 1609-March 1616); the historian Herbert Berry suggests that many other unidentified companies may have played there, as well.

In 1616, the lease agreement between the Woodliffes and the Poleys (now controlled by Mrs. Poley’s heir, Sir John Poley) expired. By this time, the Prince’s Men had merged with Lady Elizabeth’s Men and had entered into an agreement to play in the Hope Theatre on Bankside. Sisson suggests that Poley "found it more profitable to develop the buildings and site of the Boar’s head, or to dispose of it to a speculator, for other purposes than those of an inn and a theatre, in the rapid growth of this residential and industrial suburb of London.".

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The name Spitalfields appears in the form Spittellond in 1399; as The spitel Fyeld on the 16th-century Civitas Londinium map associated with Ralph Agas. The land belonged to St Mary Spital, a priory or hospital erected on the east side of the Bishopsgate thoroughfare in 1197, and the name is thought to derive from this. An alternative, and possibly earlier, name for the area was Lolsworth.

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LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
18 Folgate Street:   Dennis Severs' House in Folgate Street is a 'still-life drama' created by the previous owner as an 'historical imagination' of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers.
Al Ashraaf Secondary School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Aldgate:   Aldgate was a gateway through London Wall from the City of London to Whitechapel and the East End.
Aldgate East:   In a land east of Aldgate, lies the land of Aldgate East...
Aldgate Pump:   Aldgate Pump is a historic water pump, located at the junction where Aldgate meets Fenchurch Street and Leadenhall Street.
All Hallows-by-the-Tower:   All Hallows-by-the-Tower is the oldest church in London with a story involving Samuel Pepys, royalty and the foundation of Pennsylvania.
Altab Ali Park:   
Bevis Marks Synagogue:   Bevis Marks Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the United Kingdom.
Canon Barnett Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Christ Church CofE School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Columbia Market Nursery School:   Local authority nursery school (Nursery) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 5.
David Game College:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 13 and 22. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
English Martyrs Roman Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Fenchurch Street:   Fenchurch Street railway station is a central London railway terminus in the southeastern corner of the City of London. It is one of the smallest railway termini in London but in terms of platforms, one of the most intensively operated.
Goodman’s Fields Theatre:   Two 18th century theatres bearing the name Goodman’s Fields Theatre were located on Alie Street, Whitechapel.
Great Synagogue of London:   The Great Synagogue of London was, for centuries, the centre of Ashkenazi synagogue and Jewish life in London. It was destroyed during World War II, in the Blitz.
Green Spring Academy Shoreditch:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Holy Trinity, Minories:   Holy Trinity, Minories was a Church of England parish church outside the eastern boundaries of the City of London, but within the Liberties of the Tower of London.
London Metal Exchange:   The London Metal Exchange (LME) is the futures exchange with the world’s largest market in options and futures contracts on base and other metals.
Petticoat Lane Market:   Petticoat Lane Market is a fashion and clothing market in the East End.
Portsoken:   Portsoken is one of 25 wards in the City of London, each electing an alderman to the Court of Aldermen and commoners (the City equivalent of a councillor) elected to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation.
Shoreditch:   Shoreditch is a place in the London Borough of Hackney. It is a built-up district located 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north east of Charing Cross.
Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Spitalfields:   Spitalfields is near to Liverpool Street station and Brick Lane.
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St Katharine Cree:   St Katharine Cree is a Church of England church on the north side of Leadenhall Street near Leadenhall Market.
St Matthias Church of England Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Monica’s Roman Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11.
The Complete Works Independent School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 16.
Tower Bridge Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
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London in 1457:   Goulston Street is a thoroughfare running north-south from Wentworth Street to Whitechapel High Street.
Wentworth Street (1901):   Turn-of-the-century fashion in east London.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Adler Street, E1 · Alderman Stairs, E1W · Alderman Stairs, SE1 · Aldgate Bus Garage, EC3N · Aldgate High Street, EC3N · Aldgate, EC3N · Alie Street, E1 · America Square, EC3N · Angel Alley, E1 · Anning Street, EC2A · Arcadia Court, E1 · Arnold Circus, E2 · Artillery Lane, E1 · Artillery Passage, E1 · Arts Quarter, E1 · Assam Street, E1 · Austin Street, E2 · Back Alley, EC3N · Back Church Lane, E1 · Back Mews, SE4 · Bacon Street, E1 · Bacon Street, E2 · Barnet Grove, E2 · Barnham Street, SE1 · Basing House Yard, E2 · Bateman’s Row, EC2A · Batemans Row, EC2A · Bell Lane, E1 · Bermondsey Wall West, SE1 · Bermondsey Wall West, SE16 · Bethnal Green Road, E1 · Bevis Marks, EC3A · Billiter Street, EC3M · Bishops Square, E1 · Bishopsgate Arcade, EC2M · Bishopsgate, EC2M · Black Lion Yard, E1 · Blossom Street, E1 · Blue Anchor Yard, E1 · Boundary Passage, E1 · Boundary Street, E2 · Bowl Court, E1 · Bowmans Mews, E1 · Braham Street, E1 · Braithwaite Street, E1 · Brick Lane, E1 · Brick Lane, E2 · Brune House, E1 · Brune Street, E1 · Brunswick Court, SE1 · Brushfield Street, E1 · Brushfield Street, EC2M · Buckle Street, E1 · Burr Close, E1W · Bury Street, EC3A · Butlers Colonial Wharf, SE1 · Buxton Street, E1 · Byward Street, EC3R · Calvert Avenue, E2 · Calvin Street, E1 · Camomile Street, EC3A · Camperdown Street, E1 · Cardamom Building, SE1 · Carlisle Avenue, EC3N · Cartwright Street, E1 · Casson Street E.1, E1 · Casson Street, E1 · Cavendish Court, EC3A · Celia Blairman House, E1 · Central House, E1 · Chamber Street, E1 · Chambord Street, E2 · Chance Street, E1 · Cheshire Street, E2 · Chicksand Street, E1 · Chilton Street, E2 · Cleeve Workshops, E2 · Clothworkers Hall, EC3R · Club Row, E1 · Club Row, E2 · Cobb Street, E1 · Code Street, E1 · College East, E1 · Columbia Road, E2 · Commercial Pier Wharf, SE16 · Commercial St, E1 · Commercial Street, E1 · Coney Way, SW8 · Cooper?s Row, EC3N · Coopers Row, EC3N · Copper Row, SE1 · Coppergate House, E1 · Corbet Place, E1 · Cottons Gardens, E2 · Creechurch Lane, EC3A · Crescent, EC3N · Cresent, EC3N · Crispin Place, E1 · Crispin Street, E1 · Crofts Street, E1 · Crosswall, EC3N · Crucifix Lane, SE1 · Crutched Friars, EC3N · Curlew Street, SE1 · Curtain Place, EC2A · Curtain Road, EC2 · Curtain Road, EC2A · Curtan Road, EC2A · Cutler Street, E1 · Cutler Street, EC3A · Deal Street, E1 · Delta Street, E2 · Dereham Place, EC2A · Devonshire Row, EC2M · Devonshire Square, E1 · Devonshire Square, EC2M · Dock Street, E1 · Dorset Street, E1 · Dray Walk, E1 · Drysdale Place, E2 · Drysdale Street, N1 · Dukes Place, EC3A · Dukes Place, EC3A · Dukes Place, EC3N · Dunster Court, EC3R · East Flank, SE18 · East Smithfield, E1W · East Smithfield, EC3N · East Tenter Street, E1 · Ebor Street, E1 · Elder Street, E1 · Ensign Street, E1 · Ensign Street, SE3 · Exchange Arcade, EC2M · Exchange Square, EC2A · Exchange Square, EC2M · Fair Street, SE1 · Fairchild Place, EC2A · Fairchild Street, EC2A · Fashion Street, E1 · Fenchurch Buildings, EC3M · Fenchurch Place, EC3M · Fenchurch Street, EC3M · Flank Street, E1 · Fleur De Lis Street, E1 · Flower and Dean Street, E1 · Folgate Street, E1 · Fournier Street, E1 · French Place, E1 · Frying Pan Alley, E1 · Gainsford Street, SE1 · Gascoigne Place, E2 · Gatesborough Street, EC2A · George Street, E1 · Gibraltar Walk, E2 · Goldman Close, E2 · Goodman?s Yard, E1 · Goodmans Yard, E1 · Goring Street, EC3A · Gosset Street, E2 · Goulston Street, E1 · Gower’s Walk, E1 · Gowers Walk, E1 · Granby Street, E2 · Gravel Lane, E1 · Great Eastern Street, EC2A · Great Tower Street, EC3R · Greatorex Street, E1 · Grimsby Street, E2 · Gun Street, E1 · Gunthorpe Street, E1 · Hanbury Street, E1 · Harrow Place, E1 · Hart Street, EC3R · Haydon Street, E1 · Haydon Street, EC3N · Hearn Street, EC2A · Heneage Lane, EC3A · Heneage Street, E1 · Hewett Street, EC2A · Holywell Lane, EC2A · Hooper Street, E1 · Hopetown Street, E1 · Horselydown Lane, SE1 · Houndsditch, EC3A · Hunton Street, E1 · Ibex House, EC3N · India Street, EC3N · Irongate House, EC3A · Ivory House, E1W · Jewry Street, EC3N · Kerbela Street, E2 · King John Court, EC2A · Kings Arms Court, E1 · Kirton Gardens, E2 · Lafone Street, SE1 · Lamb Street, E1 · Leman Street, E1 · Leyden Street, E1 · Library Square, E1 · Ligonier Street, E2 · Little Paternoster Row, E1 · Little Somerset Street, E1 · Lloyd?s Avenue, EC3N · Lloyds Avenue, EC3N · Lolesworth Close, E1 · London Fruit Exchange, E1 · London Street, EC3R · Maggie Blake’s Cause, SE1 · Maggie Blake’s Cause, SE1 · Maguire Street, SE1 · Maguire, SE1 · Manningtree Street, E1 · Mansell Street, E1 · Mansell Street, EC3N · Mark Lane, EC3R · Marlow Workshops, E2 · Mews Street, E1W · Middlesex Street, E1 · Middlesex Street, EC3A · Mill Yard, E1 · Minories, EC3N · Minories, EC3N · Minster Court, EC3R · Minsters Pavement, EC3A · Mitre Avenue, E17 · Mitre Square, EC3A · Mitre Street, EC3A · Monmouth House, E1 · Monthope Road, E1 · More London Riverside, SE1 · Mulberry Street, E1 · Munster Court, SW6 · Muscovy Street, EC3R · Nesham Street, E1W · New Concordia Wharf, SE1 · New Goulston Street, E1 · New Inn Broadway, EC2A · New Inn Square, EC2A · New Inn Street, EC2A · New Inn Yard, EC2A · New London Street, EC3R · New Street, EC2M · North Tenter Street, E1 · Norton Folgate, E1 · Norton Folgate, EC2M · Old Castle Street, E1 · Old Montague Street, E1 · Old Nichol Street, E2 · Orton Street, E1W · Osborn Street, E1 · Osborne Street, E1 · Osbourne Street, E1 · Padbury Court, E2 · Parliament Court, E1 · Pedley Street, E1 · Pepys Street, EC3N · Perseverance Works, E2 · Petty Wales, EC3N · Plough Yard, EC2A · Pomell Way, E1 · Portsoken Street, E1 · Potters Fields, SE1 · Prescot Street, E1 · Primrose Street, EC2A · Princelet Street, E1 · Printing House Yard, E2 · Providence Square, SE1 · Puma Court, E1 · Quaker Street, E1 · Queen Elizabeth Street, SE1 · Quilter Street, E2 · Railway Arches, EC2A · Railway Arches, EC3N · Raven Wharf, SE1 · Redchurch Street, E2 · Rhoda Street, E2 · Rivington Place, EC2A · Rochelle Street, E2 · Rose Court, E1 · Royal Mint Court, EC3N · Royal Mint Place, E1 · Royal Mint Street, E1 · Saint Katharine’s Way, E1W · Saint Katherine’s Way, E1W · Saint Mary Axe, EC3A · Sandy’s Row, E1 · Sandys Row, E1 · Saracen?s Head Yard, EC3N · Savage Gardens, EC3N · Scarborough Street, E1 · Sclater Street, E1 · Seething Lane, EC3N · Shacklewell Street, E2 · Shad Thames, E1W · Shad Thames, SE1 · Shoreditch High Street, E1 · Shoreditch High Street, E8 · Shoreditch High Street, EC1V · Shoreditch High Street, EC2A · Shorter Street, E1 · Shorter Street, EC3N · Silwex House, E1 · South Tenter Street, E1 · Spellman Street, E1 · Spelman House, E1 · Spelman Street, E1 · Spital Square, E1 · Spital Street, E1 · Springalls Wharf Apartments, SE16 · St Anthony’s Close, E1W · St Botolph Street, EC3A · St Clare House, EC3N · St Clare Street, EC3N · St James’s Passage, EC3A · St James’s Place, EC3A · St Katharines Way, E1W · St Katharine’s Way, E1W · St Mark Street, E1 · St Mary Axe, EC3A · St Matthews Row, E2 · St. Botolph Street, EC3A · Staple Hall, EC3A · Star Place, E1W · Stockholm Way, E1W · Stone House Court, EC3A · Stoney Lane, E1 · Stothard Place, EC2M · Strype Street, E1 · Sugar Quay Walk, EC3N · Sugar Quay Walk, SE1 · Sunbury Workshops, E2 · Swanfield Street, E2 · Tea Building, E1 · Tenter Ground, E1 · The Arcade, EC2M · The Arches, EC2A · The Circle, SE1 · The Queen?s Steps, EC3N · The Queen’s Steps, EC3N · Thomas More Square, E1W · Thomas More Street, E1W · Thrawl Street, E1 · Three Oak Lane, SE1 · Tooley Street, SE1 · Tower Bridge Approach, E1W · Tower Bridge Approach, EC3N · Tower Bridge Piazza, SE1 · Tower Bridge, E1W · Tower Bridge, SE1 · Tower Hill Terrace, EC3N · Tower Hill, EC3N · Tower Place West, EC3R · Tower Place, EC3R · Tower Walk, E1W · Toynbee Street, E1 · Trinity Square, EC3N · Turin Street, E2 · Turville Street, E2 · Unity Wharf, SE1 · Victoria Avenue, EC2M · Victoria Yard, E1 · Vine Lane, SE1 · Vine Street, EC3N · Virginia Road, E2 · Vogans Mill, SE1 · Waterson Street, E2 · Wear Place, E2 · Weaver Street, E1 · Weavers Lane, SE1 · Wellington Row, E2 · Wentworth Street, E1 · West Tenter Street, E1 · Wheler Street, E1 · Whitby Street, E1 · White Church Lane, E1 · White Kennet Street, E1 · White Kennett Street, E1 · White Kennett Street, EC3A · Whitechapel High Street, E1 · Whites Grounds Estate, SE1 · Whites Grounds, SE1 · Whites Row, E1 · Whittington Avenue, EC3A · Widegate Street, E1 · Wilkes Street, E1 · Woodseer Street, E1 · Wrestlers Court, EC3A ·
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