Trumpeters from China in Bristol in 1577?

  • Matteo Pangallo Virginia Commonwealth University


This note corrects the impression given in the Bristol Records of Early English Drama (REED) that five trumpeters from China performed for the mayor, aldermen, and common council of Bristol in November 1577. Rather, the note points out that the trumpeters were likely English and were associated with the return of Martin Frobisher’s second northwest passage expedition that fall.

Author Biography

Matteo Pangallo, Virginia Commonwealth University
Matteo Pangallo ( is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. His publications have appeared in Early Theatre, ELR, RES, ELMS, JEMCS, and several other journals and collections, including the Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and the revised Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama. He has edited plays for The Malone Society, Digital Renaissance Editions, and the forthcoming Oxford Collected Works of Thomas Heywood and is an assistant editor for the New Variorium edition of Titus Andronicus. His book, Playwriting Playgoers in Shakespeare's Theater, is forthcoming in August 2017 from University of Pennsylvania Press.