The two names of Newington Butts

Johnson, Laurie (2017) The two names of Newington Butts. Shakespeare Quarterly, 68 (2). pp. 192-198. ISSN 0037-3222


While much has been done in the past hundred years to add to our stock of knowledge on the existence of the theatre at Newington Butts, questions relating to names persist: there is no agreement over the origin of the name of the location itself—whence the 'Butts' in Newington Butts—and
studies of the theater invariably concede that we have no way of knowing the name of the playhouse itself. Answers to both questions are to be found in the public record: in the case of the origin of 'Butts', I consider a Privy Council
document that is readily available in the Acts but that seems to have passed unnoticed to date; regarding the name of the playhouse, I point to where the answer has been hiding in plain sight in lease documents that scholars have been discussing for half a century.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 06:24
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2018 03:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shakespeare; Newington Butts; playhouse; theatre history
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1353/shq.2017.0019

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