February 10 2014 – English
Make an appointment to talk to her about the play you will choose for the independent
dramatic analysis. Referencing specifics, quoting lines from the play. Analyze a specific scene.
Huge focus on your original thought. Thorough job discussing one play.
• English theater. King Charles the first was killed and during the two kings there was a
puritan rule. No public plays. A ban on fun?
• King Charles II: 1660 Charles returned to England, monarchy is restored, people
welcome monarch back, culture revival! He was an important cultural patron.
• 1661: coronation in Westminster Abbey
• Nell Gwynn: a restoration celebrity, embodied the spirit of restoration England. Started
her career selling oranges in the theater. Became an actress. Had two children with
Charles the II.
• John Dryden (1631-1700): renowned for his translations, playwrights of the restoration
period, famous for his heroic tragedies and his comedies. Marriage a la Mode first
performed in London in 1673 by the King’s company, its part of another tradition: tragic
comedy (serious plays that end happily; lighter comic play that has darker elements;
tragic comedy is influenced by Romance (artificial, courtly love, exotic setting)).
• Two theater companies during restoration: King’s Company, Duke’s Company.
• Objections to the young men who were playing women (homophobic), but also
objections to women on stage.
• Sexier to see women on sta