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Restoration Theatre England 1660-1702
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Previous History 1642 Parliament closes the theatres Civil War from 1642-1649 Charles I of England beheaded 1649-1660: period called “the Commonwealth” England governed by Oliver Cromwell (Puritan) and “his” Parliament Cromwell died in 1658, son ruled briefly and ineffectually 1660: Charles II returned from France, monarchy was restored
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Theatre of the Restoration New Theatre Patents: the monopoly of William Davenant and Thomas Killigrew Actresses! Changes in acting companies/systems Proscenium stage/ French and Italian influences in scene design/Lighting New Atmosphere/New Audience Makeup Return of the nobility = upper-class theatre Smaller, more selective and better educated Permissive libertinism in court and in subject matter of plays “Orange Wenches” and Nell Gwynn See and be seen Aphra Behn, first professional woman playwright and the “Female Wits” Modern English Theatre’s roots lie in the Restoration; more so than in the Elizabethan period
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