This was the last theatre to be built before the closing of the theatres in 1642, during the Puritan era. After the theatres were closed, this theatre was sometimes used for other purposes — and sometimes, as through much of 1647, it was used for theatrical performances in contravention of the local authorities. (The players played when they could get away with doing so—which was not always: the London authorities raided this theatre on 6 October 1647, breaking up a performance of A King and No King by Beaumont and Fletcher.) On 1 January 1649, the London authorities raided all four of the London theatres simultaneously; the actors at the this theatre and the Cockpit Theatre were arrested, as was a "rope-dancer" or trapeze artist performing at the Fortune Theatre—but the actors at the Red Bull Theatre managed to escape. In March 1649, the authorities destroyed the interior of this, and the Fortune and the Cockpit too, making them useless for public performances. He was an English poet and playwright. Along with Thomas Killigrew, he was one of the rare figures in English Renaissance theatre whose career spanned both the Caroline and Restoration eras and who was active both before and after the English Civil War and during the Interregnum.
His works include :Albovine, King of the Lombards,
The Cruel Brother, The Just Italian, The Wits,
Love and Honour,The Temple of Love, News from Plymouth, The Platonick Lovers,The Triumphs of the Prince D'Amour,Britannia Triumphans, masque,
Luminalia or The Festival of Light, The Unfortunate Lovers, The Fair Favourite, Salmacida Spolia,
The Siege of Rhodes, The History of Sir Francis Drake,The Siege of Rhodes, Part II, The Playhouse to Be Let