Jan 192015
 
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Costume sketch for a nymph in Tethys’ Festival, 1610
Source: Wikimedia Commons

This is a list I have prepared for myself, but since I have it, I might as well share it (in case it’s of use to anyone else). It isn’t done; I will to come back and try to fill in more vital information for each piece – when it was performed; who wrote it; who designed it; who featured in it; and, who wrote the music – as well as more performances if I find them.

I have linked to the Wikipedia page or similar information for each masque if you want to read more.

1604

The Vision of the Twelve Goddesses 
Performed: in the Great Hall of Hampton Court Palace on the evening of Sunday, 8 January 1604
Written by: Samuel Daniel
Design by: ?
Music by:
Starring: Queen Anne and selected ladies.



1605

The Masque of Blackness
Performed: in the Banqueting Hall of Whitehall Palace on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1605
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring: Queen Anne and selected ladies



1606

Hymenaei, or The Masque of Hymen
Performed: at the wedding of Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, and Lady Frances Howard, daughter of the Earl of Suffolk, 5 January 1606
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by: Alfonso Ferrabosco
Starring:



1607

Lord Hay’s Masque
Performed: on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1607, in the Great Hall of Whitehall Palace.
Written by: Thomas Campion
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring: ?



1608

The Masque of Beauty
Performed: to inaugurate the refurbished banqueting hall of Whitehall Palace on 10 January 1608
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by:
Music by:
Starring: Queen Anne and selected ladies



1609

The Masque of Queens, Celebrated From the House of Fame
Performed: at Whitehall Palace on 2 February 1609
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by:
Music by:
Starring: Professional actors in the anti-masque; Queen Anne and selected ladies in the masque



1610

The Speeches at Prince Henry’s Barriers, sometimes called The Lady of the Lake
Performed: on 6 January 1610 in conjunction with the ceremony known as Prince Henry’s Barriers in honour of Prince Henry Frederick, the son and heir of King James I of England
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by:
Music by:
Starring: Prince Henry Frederick and select nobles and gentlemen

Tethys’ Festival
Performed:  5 June 1610 at Whitehall as part of the celebration of the creation of Prince Henry as Prince of Wales.
Written by: Samuel Daniel
Designed by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring: Queen Anne and her ladies



1611


Oberon, the Faery Prince
Performed: on 1 January 1611 at Whitehall Palace, in the Banqueting Hall.
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by: Alfonso Ferrabosco and Robert Johnson
Starring: Prince Henry Frederick (among others)

Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly 
Performed: on 3 February 1611 at Whitehall Palace, and published in 1616.
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by: Alfonso Ferrabosco
Starring: Queen Anne and her ladies



1612

Love Restored
Performed: on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1612
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by:
Music by:
Starring:



1613

The Memorable Masque of the Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn
Performed: in the Great Hall of Whitehall Palace on 15 February 1613, as part of the festivities surrounding the marriage of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King James I, to Frederick V, Elector Palatine
Written by: George Chapman
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring:

The Masque of the Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn 
Performed: on 20 February 1613 in the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace, as part of the wedding festivities surrounding the marriage of Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of King James I, and Frederick V, Elector Palatine.
Written by: Francis Beaumont
Design by:
Music by:
Starring:



1615

Mercury Vindicated from the Alchemists at Court
Performed:  at Whitehall Palace on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1615 (and again on 8 January at the request of King James)
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring:

1616

The Golden Age Restored
Performed: on 1 January and 6 January 1616, almost certainly at Whitehall Palace.
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring:

1617

The Vision of Delight 
Performed: on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1617 in the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace, and repeated on 19 January that year
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by:
Music by:
Starring:

1618

Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue
Performed: on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1618, in the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring:

1620

The World Tossed at Tennis
Performed: likely acted on 4 March 1620 (new style) at Denmark House
Written by: Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
Music by:
Starring:

1621

The Gypsies Metamorphosed alt. The Metamorphosed Gypsies, The Gypsies’ Metamorphosis, or The Masque of Gypsies 
Performed: on 3 August 1621
Written by: Ben Jonson
Music by: Nicholas Lanier
Starring:

1622

The Masque of Augurs 
Performed: (most likely) on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1622. A revised version was repeated on 5 or 6 May 1622
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by: Alfonso Ferrabosco and Nicholas Lanier
Starring:

1623

Time Vindicated to Himself and to his Honours
Performed: it was originally scheduled for Twelfth Night in 1623 but put off due to an illness of the King, James I; the masque was instead staged on Sunday 19 January, in the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring: James’s son and heir Prince Charles led the dances of the principal masquers

1624

Neptune’s Triumph for the Return of Albion 
Performed: not performed; cancelled by King James due to a quarrel between the French and Spanish ambassadors over attendance
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring:

1625

The Fortunate Isles and Their Union
Performed: on 9 January 1625
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring:



1631

Love’s Triumph Through Callipolis
Performed: at Whitehall Palace on 9 January 1631
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by: Nicholas Lanier
Starring: King Charles himself, performing with fourteen lords of his Court

Chloridia: Rites to Chloris and Her Nymphs
Performed: at Shrovetide, 22 February 1631
Written by: Ben Jonson
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring: Henrietta Maria and her ladies in waiting



1632

Tempe Restored
Performed: at Whitehall Palace on Shrove Tuesday, 14 February 1632.
Written by: Aurelian Townshend
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring: a woman in a speaking role in a public stage performance!



1633

The Shepherd’s Paradise
Performed: at Somerset House in London on 9 January 1633 (new style)
Written by: Walter Montagu
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring: Queen Henrietta Maria and her ladies in waiting; the first masque in which the Queen and her ladies filled speaking roles.

The King’s Entertainment at Welbeck in Nottinghamshire alt. Love’s Welcome at Welbeck
Performed: on 21 May 1633 at the Welbeck estate of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle.
Written by: Ben Jonson
Music by:
Starring: It has been argued that the philosopher Thomas Hobbes may have participated in the entertainment as a performer

1634

The Triumph of Peace
Performed: on 3 February 1634
Written by: James Shirley, and published the same year
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by:
Starring:

1638

Luminalia or The Festival of Light 
Performed: on Shrove Tuesday, 6 February 1638
Written by: Sir William Davenant
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by: Nicholas Lanier
Starring: Queen Henrietta Maria and her ladies in waiting

1640

Salmacida Spolia
Performed: at Whitehall Palace on 21 January 1640 (the last masque performed at the English Court before the outbreak of the English Civil War)
Written by: Sir William Davenant
Design by: Inigo Jones
Music by: Lewis Richard
Starring: 

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