Source Four - Dronsiano's License

License to perform during Lent. Catalogue ref: PC2/12


To the Lord Maiour of London to geve order that one Dronsiano, an Italian, a commediante and his companye, may playe within the Cittie and the Liberties of the same betwene this and the firste weeke in Lent.

Simplified Transcript

To the Lord Mayor of London to give order that Drosiano, an Italian comedian and his company, may play within the City and the Liberties of the city between now and the first week of lent.

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  1. Where is Dronsiano from?
  2. Why might the license have been granted specifically for the period of Lent?
  3. What kind of acting troupe is Dronsiano’s?
  4. Research Commedia Dell’arte to find out more about their style of play.