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First Reading

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

The Adventures of Five Hours, is comedy translated from the Spanish of Calderon, [printed /written 1662]
by Samuel Tuke,
A fop? In this brave, licentious age To bring his musty morals on the stage? Rhime us to reason? and our lives redress In metre, as Druids did the savages.
Topic: Foppery
Source: The Adventures of Five Hours (act V) He is a fool who thinks by force or skill, To turn the current of a woman's will.
Topic: Proverbs
Source: Adventures of Five Hours (act V, sc. 3, l. 483), (translated from Calderon

dirk  •  Link

Actually by Coello — not Calderón.

“Antonio Coello (October 26th 1611, Madrid - October 20th 1652, Madrid) was a Spanish dramatist and poet. […] The best of his original plays, “Los Empenos de seis horas”, has been wrongly ascribed to Calderón; it was adapted by Samuel Tuke, under the title of The Adventures of five Hours, and was described by Pepys as superior to Othello. - It is an excellent example of stagecraft and animated dialogue. Coello died on the 20th of October 1652.”


Terry Foreman  •  Link

The advertures of five houres
a tragi-comedy. As it is acted at His Royal Highness the Duke of York's theatre.
by Tuke, Samuel Sir
Published in 1671, Printed by T.N. for Henry Herringman (London)
Contributions: Coello, Antonio, 1611-1652., Betterton, Thomas, 1635?-1710.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

In the diary period SP would have handled or owned either:

The adventures of five hours. A tragi-comedy. Febr. 21 1662. Imprimatur John Berkenhead.
London : printed [by William Wilson] for Henry Herringman, at the Anchor in the lower walk of the New Exchange, 1663.
[8], 72 p. ; 2⁰. Wing T3229


The adventures of five hours· A tragi-comedy. The second edition. Febr. 12. 1662. Imprimatur John Berkenhead.
London : printed for Henry Herringman, and are to be sold at his shop at the sign of the Anchor in the lower walk of the New Exchange, 1664.
[124] p. ; 4to. Wing T3230

No copy of either survives in the PL.

[The third edition of 1671 contains Tuke's 'revised and corrected' text]

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Adventures of Sir Samuel Tuke: Full Authentic Text of Tuke's Play and Suggestions for Staging the Adventures of Five Hours
Google scan (some pages omitted)


Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The adventures of five hours a tragi-comedy.
Tuke, Samuel, Sir, d. 1674., Coello, Antonio, 1611-1652. Empeños de seis horas., Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681.
London: Printed for Henry Herringman ..., 1663.
Early English Books Online (full text)

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"... “Worse and Worse;” just the same manner of play, and writ, I believe, by the same man as “The Adventures of Five Hours;” ..."

Pepys was correct: both are adaptations from the Spanish plays of Pedro Calderón de la Barca.

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