The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama brings together the work of key playwrights from 1660 to 1800, divided into three main sections:
- Restoring the Theatre: 1660–1700
- Managing Entertainment: 1700–1760
- Entertainment in an Age of Revolutions: 1760–1800
Each of the 20 plays featured is accompanied by an extraordinary wealth of print and online supplementary materials, including primary critical sources, commentaries, illustrations, and reviews of productions. Taking in the spectrum of this period’s dramatic landscape—from Restoration tragedy and comedies of manners to ballad opera and gothic spectacle—The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama is an essential resource for students and teachers alike.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Full Print and Online content
Table of Contents
Introduction: Performing Drama, Performing Culture
Restoring the Theatre: 1660-1700
John Dryden and William Davenant, The Enchanted Island or The Tempest
- David Garrick, "Prologue" to The Tempest; an Opera
- Elizabeth Inchbald, "Preface" to The Tempest
- Image: John Peter Simon, The Inchanted Island: Before the Cell of Prospero
- Image: William Hogarth, Scene from The Tempest
- <online> John Hamilton Mortimer, Caliban, Engraving
- <online> F.D. Waldron, Excerpt from The Virgin Queen, a Drama in Five Acts; Attempted as a Sequel to Shakspeare’s Tempest.
William Wycherley, The Country Wife
- John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, "The Imperfect Enjoyment"
- David Garrick, "Preface" to The Country Girl
- Image: Daniel Marot, "Design for Queen Mary’s China Room."
- Image: Sir Peter Lely, "Diana Kirke, later Countess of Oxford"
- <online> Example of Chinese Porcelain, 1662-1722
- <online> John Ogborne, Dorothy Jordan in the character of the "Country Girl."
- <online> Aphra Behn, "The Disappointment"
George Etherege, The Man of Mode
- John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, "A Ramble in St. James Park"
- Sir Richard Steele, The Spectator, No. 65 (Tuesday, May 15, 1711)
- Image: Anonymous, Portrait of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
- <online> John Dennis, "A Defense of Sir Fopling Flutter"
John Dryden, All For Love
- Image: Pierre Mirnard, Portrait of Louise Renee de Keroualle
- Image: Thomas Hawker, King Charles II
- Image: Antonio Verrio, The Sea Triumph of Charles II
- John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, "A Satyr on Charles II"
- Samuel Johnson, "Dryden" in The Lives of the English Poets
- <online> John Dryden, "Dedication" and "Preface" to All For Love
- <online> John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (?), "The Royal Buss"
- <online> Richard Tompson, after Jacob Huysmans, Catherine of Braganza
- <online> Andrew Marvell, "On the Statue Erected by Sir Robert Viner"
Aphra Behn, The Widdow Ranter
- Image: Nathaniel Bacon, "Self-Portrait"
- Ebeneezer Cook, The Sotweed Factor
- Image: W. Vincent, Anne Bracegirdle as "The Indian Queen"
- <online> Robert Beverly, "An Account of Bacon’s Rebellion"
John Van Brugh, The Relapse
- Colley Cibber, "Henry Brett and Cibber’s Periwig" from An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber
- Jeremy Collier, "Remarks on the Relapse"
- Image: John Simon, Colley Cibber
- <online> Colley Cibber, Love’s Last Shift
- <online> Colley Cibber, "Dedication to Pelham"
Managing Entertainment, 1700-1760
William Congreve, The Way of the World
- Jeremy Collier, A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage
- John Vanbrugh A Short Vindication of the Relapse and the Provok'd Wife, from Immorality and Prophaneness
- William Congreve, AMENDMENTS OF Mr. COLLIER's False and Imperfect CITATIONS
- William Congreve, "Concerning Humour in Comedy"
- Samuel Johnson The Lives of Poets
- <online> S. Harding, Mrs. Bracegirdle
- <online> link to Jeremy Collier, A Short View
- <online> Sir John Suckling, "I prithee spare me gentle boy"
- <online> Sir John Suckling, "There never yet was woman"
Susanna Centlivre, The Busie Body
- Susanna Centlivre, Epistle XL
- Charles Gildon, A Comparison Between the Two Stages
- Susanna Centlivre, dedication to The Platonick Lady
- John Mottley, A Compleat List of All the English Dramatic Poets
- Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser Review
- Image: Mr. Munden as Sir Francis Gripe
- <online> Thomas King as Marplot
- <online> Advertisement in Evelina
- <online> Botany Bay Playbill
- <online> Clarence Brown Production
- <online> Munden as Sir Francis Gripe
John Rich, The Necromancer, or Harlequin Doctor Faustus and John Thurmond, Harlequin Doctor Faustus
- "Harlequin & Punch Kick Apollo Out"
- <online> Print from The Necromancer
- <online> Exploits of Harlequin
John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera
- Image: Portrait of M. Walker in the Character of Cap’n Macheath
- Songs from Wit and Mirth
- Image: Harlequin Sheppard
- Henry Carey, "Polly Peachum"
- Image: William Hogarth, Plate 3, A Harlot’s Progress
- Boswell, London Journal
- Excerpt from the St. James Chronicle or the British Evening Post
- James Boswell The Life of Johnson
- Image: "Performed at a Little Theatre with Great Applause"
- <online> Polly in Weekly Gazeteer
- <online> Pepusch overture image
- <online> Pepusch score image
- <online> Beggar’s Opera recordings
- <online> Newgate Calendar
- <online> Zadok the Priest
- <online> Morning Chronicle reprint of Swift on Beggar’s Opera
- <online> Bannister as Polly Peachum
- <online> Hogarth, Scene from Beggar’s Opera
Henry Fielding, The Author’s Farce
- Image: William Hogarth, "A Just View of the British Stage"
- Image: "The Player’s Last Refuge"
- Excerpt from The Licensing Act of 1737
- Joseph Addison, "The Puppet Show"
- <online> Links to songs from Author’s Farce
George Lillo, The London Merchant
- Excerpt from the Ballad of George Barnwell
- Image: The London Merchant or the History of George Barnwell, represented from the most particular moving incidents in that play
- The London Evening Post notice
- Theophilus Cibber, The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland
- Gazetteer and London Daily Advertiser
- Image: William Hogarth, Industry and Idleness Plate 1
- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
- Charles Dickens, from Great Expectations
- Ken Jaworowskijan Review, The London Merchant, 2012
- <online> The Ballad of George Barnwell (full)
- <online> Blumenau London Merchant
- <online> Richardson, Apprentice’s Vade Mecum
- <online> Hogarth, Industry and Idleness
Samuel Foote, The Minor (1760)
- The London Chronicle 1760 October 21-23
- Samuel Foote, The Diversions of a Morning
- Image: Henry Overton and Amedé Van Loo, "The Reverend George Whitefield"
- Image: William Hogarth, Credulity, Superstition, and Fanaticism
- Image: Foote as Mrs. Cole
- <online> The Public Ledger 1760
- <online> The London Chronicle 1760
- <online> Foote, the Devil and Polly Pattens
- <online> Whitefield at Leeds
- <online> Squintum’s Farewell
- <online> The Retort
- <online> Miss Macaroni
Entertainment in an Age of Revolutions, 1760-1800
David Garrick, The Jubilee
- Review, Public Advertiser, Oct. 17, 1769
- Garrick’s Ode to Shakespeare
- Image: Benjamin Van der Gucht, Mr. Garrick as Steward of the Stratford Jubilee, September 1769
- Image: Mr. Garrick delivering his Ode at Drury Lane Theatre….
- Image: The Principal Characters in the Procession of the Pageant exhibited in the Jubilee…at Drury Lane Theatre
- <online> The Jubilee Celebrations in the Newspapers
- <online> Further reviews of the play
- <online> Songs from Garrick’s The Jubilee
- <online> Print controversy concerning the Ode
- <online> Ticket to Shakespeare’s Jubilee
- <online> Jubilee Booth
- <online> Jubilee Medallion
- <online> Mr. Garrick reciting his Ode
- <online> Ticket to Shakespeare’s Jubilee
- <online> Frances Abington as Thalia
Richard Cumberland, The West Indian
- Goldsmith, "A Description . . . "
- Image: William Dickinson (after John Hamilton Mortimer), Mr. Parsons and Mr. Moody in the characters of Varland and Major O’Flaherty, in the ‘West Indian’, mezzotint, 1776.
- Image: The Middle Temple Macaroni. In short I am a West Indian!, from The Macaroni Scavoir Vivre and Theatrical Magazine, July 1773, 511, etching.
- <online> Newspaper reviews on The West Indian
Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
- William Woodfall, review
- Goldsmith "An Essay…"
- Image: Portrait of Mr Shuter and Mrs Green as Mr and Mrs Hardcastle and Mr Quick as Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer, mezzotint, 1775.
- <online> Newspaper Reviews and Notices of She Stoops to Conquer
- <online> Horace Walpole’s letter
- <online> "Mr. Quick in the character of Tony Lumpkin"
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal
- The Town and Country Magazine, "History of the Tête-à-Tête or Memoirs of the hon. Capt. H____y and Mrs. N______t."
- Image: Scene from 'School for Scandal' being performed in Drury Lane Theatre, London; four actors on stage, the audience watching from boxes on either side. etching and engraving, 1778.
- <online> Newspaper Reviews of School for Scandal
Hannah Cowley, The Belle’s Stratagem
- "An Account…the Masquerade at the Pantheon
- Review Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser Feb. 23, 1780
- Review Morning Post and Daily Advertiser Feb. 23, 1780
- Image: Chas. White, A Masquerade Scene in the Pantheon, engraving, 13 March 1773.
- Image: John Dixon, Inside View of the Pantheon, etching, 25 May 1784.
- Image: Portrait of Hannah Cowley
- <online> Newspaper Reviews of Belle’s Stratagem
- <online> Carrington Bowles, Mr. Mattocks and Mr. Quick in the Characters of Don Ferdinand and Isaac Mendoza in The Duenna
- <online> Mrs. Cowley
George Colman, Inkle and Yarico
- Extract from Richard Ligon, History of the Island of Barbadoes
- Richard Steele, Spectator No. 11. Tuesday, March 13, 1711
- Image: Robert Pollard (after Henry Singleton), The young English merchant Inkle,… aquatint engraving, 1788
- Image: Robert Pollard (after Henry Singleton), Inkle delivers the unhappy black girl… aquatint engraving, 1788
- Image: James Gillray, Wouski, hand-coloured etching
- <online> Newspaper Reviews of and Songs from Inkle and Yarico
- <online> Songs from Inkle and Yarico
- <online> George Cruikshank, Wowski Lottery Ticket.
Elizabeth Inchbald, Everyone Has His Fault
- The Morning Herald, Jan. 30, 1793.
- The Star, Jan. 30, 1793.
- The True Briton No. 26 (Jan. 30, 1793).
- The World, Jan. 30, 1793.
- Critical Review, new series 7 (Feb. 1793): 223-4.
- The Thespian Magazine 1 (March 1793): 234-5.
- Image: George Dance, Elizabeth Inchbald, pencil, 1794.
- <online> Remarks on Everyone Has His Fault
Kristina Straub is Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.
Misty Anderson is Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Daniel O’Quinn is Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
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