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‘The freedoms of the present’: Comedy, 1668–1676  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Until the mid-1670s, tragedy was the more radical genre than comedy. If comic dramatists in the years immediately following 1668 were slow to imitate George Etherege and John Dryden, they were not ... More


‘Senseless Riot, Neronian Gambols’: Comedy, 1676–1682  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

By late 1676, the predominant character of comedy was clearly darkening, as dramatists reacted with various kinds of moral earnestness to George Etherege's morally dispassionate portrayal of ... More


Renovating the Stage: Companies, Actresses, Repertoire, Theatre Innovations, and the Touring Companies

Margaret J. M. Ezell

in The Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198183112
eISBN:
9780191847158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198183112.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Within three months of Charles II’s return, the London theatres were reopened, with two companies granted royal patents. Thomas Killigrew formed the King’s Company, and William Davenant the Duke’s ... More


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