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Sentimental vs. Laughing Comedy. Kendra Drake, Deanna Mazdra , Trent Reese, & Adam Henry. History. 1714 Queen Anne died, succeeded by George I 1721 Robert Walpole is made king’s chief minister 1727 George I died, succeeded by his son George II 1742 Walpole resigned from office

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Sentimental vs laughing comedy

Sentimental vs. Laughing Comedy

Kendra Drake, Deanna Mazdra, Trent Reese, & Adam Henry


History

History

  • 1714 Queen Anne died, succeeded by George I

  • 1721 Robert Walpole is made king’s chief minister

  • 1727 George I died, succeeded by his son George II

  • 1742 Walpole resigned from office

  • 1756 The Seven Years War between England and France began

  • 1760 George II died, succeeded by George III

  • Government was divided into two parties

    • Whigs

    • Tories


Sentimental comedy

Sentimental Comedy

  • A dramatic genre of the 18th Century

  • Aimed at producing tears rather than laughter

  • Gained popularity

  • Dominated stages


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Sentimental Comedy cont.

  • Supporters of the genre

    • James Lynch

  • Critics

    • Benjamin Victor

    • Oliver Goldsmith


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Sentimental Comedy cont.

  • Two elements influenced theater

    • Drama turned full attention to the daily problems of its middle-class audiences.

    • Provided the underpinnings of the full-fledged melodrama


Plays of the sentimental period

Plays of the Sentimental Period

  • The London merchant by George Lillo

  • The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar


Famous play write of the sentimental genre

Famous Play Write of the Sentimental Genre

  • Sir Richard Steele

    • Born March 12, 1672

    • Irish writer and Politician

    • Educated at the Charterhouse School

    • Served in the British army

    • First play The Christian Hero circa 1701

    • The became a dramatist and achieved some success

    • Was appointed a position in the house of Prince George of Denmark

    • Wrote over 400 letters to his second wife Mary.

    • Founded 2 magazines- The Talter and The Spectator

    • Became a member of Parliament in 1713

    • Knighted by George I of Great Britain

    • Given responsibility over to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

    • Retired in 1719

    • Died September 1, 1729


Laughing comedy

Laughing Comedy

  • How did it come about on the stage?

  • What made it so important in today’s society?


Play writes of the laughing comedy genre

Play Writes of the Laughing Comedy Genre

  • Richard BrinsleySheridan

    • Born October 30, 1751

    • Irish playwright and politician

    • Son of an actor/manager

    • Educated at Harrow School for Law

    • Quite school and eloped at 21 and began a career in entertainment

    • First play The Rivals January 17, 1775

    • Directed his masterpiece School for Scandal in 1777

    • In 1778 he became owner of the Drury Lane Theatre

    • Entered politics in 1780

    • A whig politician and great public speaker

    • left politics in 1812

    • Died in poverty July 7, 1816


Plays of the laughing comedy genre

Plays of the Laughing Comedy Genre

  • The School for Scandal by Sir Brinsley Sheridan

  • The Rivals by Sir Brinsley Sheridan


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