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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
sentimental comedy cont
Sentimental Comedy cont.
  • Supporters of the genre
    • James Lynch
  • Critics
    • Benjamin Victor
    • Oliver Goldsmith
sentimental comedy cont1
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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