The Master of the Revels had to authorise plays for court performance. He was a court official and so effectively functioned as a censor for the early modern stage.

The Revels Office was initially located in the old Priory buildings adjacent to St John’s Church on the east side of St John’s Street, Clerkenwell, from 1578 to 1607, before eventually moving to three other sites. The second of these was at Whitefriars (next to the indoor theatre), where it stood from 1608 to 1611. The third Revels site was at Peter's Hill from 1612 to 1630, with the final office at Cheapside from 1630 to 1642.

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The Whitefriars theatre and the Revels Office were located on or near this site

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From the junction of Fleet Street and Bouverie Street walk down Bouverie Street to the junction with Temple Lane on the right. The Whitefriars theatre lay in an east-west position at the top of Temple Lane, the Revels office either being part of that building or adjacent to it.