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John Taylor ridicules William Fennor for his production of 'England's Joy' at the Swan
William Fennor stands up John Taylor for an extempore versifying contest at the Hope, and Taylor lashes back in a 'A Cast over the Water.' In his rant, Taylor revives the spector of Fennor's 'England's Joy,' a notorious flop staged at the Swan in…

William Fennor challenges 'Kendall' to a versifying contest at the Fortune
William Fennor was challenged by the water poet John Taylor to a contest of extempore versifying at the Hope. The contest did not occur. In his published 'Defence,' Fennor mentions a similar challenge issued to a poet named Kendall -- this time at…

Audience members are injured and killed when parts of Paris Garden collapse during a Sunday bear-baiting
Parts of the audience scaffolding at Paris Garden collapsed during a Sunday bearbaiting on 13 January 1583. Five days later John Field wrote a pamphlet, soon printed, that interpreted the deaths of seven spectators and injuries of many others as a…

Bear-baiting occurs twice a week(?): Vox Graculi
The mock almanac 'Vox Graculi' forecasts that 'The Dogge-dayes will all this yeare rage twice a weeke, and that very furiously; but their sorest out-rage will be about the Beare-garden.'

Thomas Nash refers to 'puppets' at Paris Garden
In his satirical 'Strange News,' Thomas Nash refers to 'the interpreter of the Puppits' at Paris Garden. It is unclear whether 'puppets' here refers to actual puppets, actors, or to the animals generally on exhibit at the popular bear-baiting venue.

A character in Dekker's 'Satiromastix' claims to have played 'Zulziman' at Paris Garden
Horace, a character in Dekker's 'Satiromastix,' claims to have played 'Zulziman' at Paris Garden. The playhouse in question here is almost certainly the Swan, and not the Bear Garden.

A character in Richard Brome's 'The Antipodes' mocks the Bear Garden dancing masters
The character Letoy in Richard Brome's 'The Antipodes' advises his actors to avoid performing 'Like one o'th' dancing Masters o'the Beare-garden.'

Characters in Richard Brome's 'The Antipodes' debate the appeal of bearbaiting
In Richard Brome's 'The Antipodes' an Old Woman and a Young Maid debate the appeal of bear-baiting after the nearly illiterate or blind Old Woman reads an advertisement of an upcoming match. The Young Maid calls baitings 'prophane and Diabolicall…

Henslowe and Meade contract with Katherens to build the Hope theatre
Philip Henslowe and Jacob Meade enter into an agreement with Gilbert Katherens, a carpenter, to construct a new playhouse on the site of the Bear Garden. Katherens is entrusted with the job of pulling down the existing structures on the property, and…

Prince Charles' Men leave the Hope and ask Alleyn for a loan
The Prince Charles' men write to inform Edward Alleyn of their departure from the Hope. The 'intemperate' Jacob Meade, they claim, has deprived them of the one day they have been allowed to perform at the theatre. They then ask Alleyn to secure them…