Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama: Performing the Restoration Playhouse

Course Number: ENGL 169
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or 50 or equivalents
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 169
Quarter: Spring 2015
Day(s): TR
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Location: ARTS 1349
Description:

 When the English monarchy was restored in 1660, English theaters were
re-opened as well, but with big changes to the playhouses, the plays,
the personnel, and the audiences from when they'd been shut down 11
years before. King and courtiers were enthusiastic patrons of the
theater, especially its comedies, which drew on traditional roles
including fops and fallen women, cuckolds and witty couples, curious
virgins and male and female rakes. In this class, we will read, discuss,
and write about five Restoration comedies and their contexts, along with
current scholarship on them. Our ambitious final project will be to
recreate the atmosphere of a Restoration playhouse during an afternoon
performance.