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Unformatted text preview: from the Spanish stage as well English Restoration Restoration Theater o Civil war from 1642-1649 o Charles I beheaded o Puritans ran the country until 1660 - Charles II restored to the throne 1685 - Charles died, his brother James II ruled 1688 - Parliament invited Mary to rule 1642-1660 o Theaters closed and dismantled o Actors persecuted Puritans believed that theater was unwholesome, that actors neglected their spiritual studies o Secret performances were organized as DROLLS - short versions of full-length plays o 1656 - Davenant, producer, presented The Siege of Rhodes , using the proscenium arch, wing and shutter setting Restoration o While exiled in France, the court was exposed to French and Italian theatrical devices o As a result, new theaters were built Theater Royal Drury Lane Lincoln's Fields Inn Dorset Garden Theater...
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- Spring '08