Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Richard Brinsley Sheridan was an Irish playwright and poet, known for his plays such as 'The Rivals' and 'The School for Scandal'. He was also a long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and a Whig Member of the British House of Commons for over 30 years.


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  1. 1. The School For Scandal

    The play is a satirical depiction of the gossip and hypocrisy found in the high society of 18th century London. It centers around two brothers with contrasting personalities, one appearing to be a model of virtue and the other a dissolute rake, and the schemes of a circle of wealthy, idle gossipmongers. The plot thickens with a series of misunderstandings, eavesdropping, and mistaken identities, all revolving around the brothers' romantic pursuits and the malicious spread of scandal. The narrative ultimately exposes the true characters of the individuals involved, revealing the seemingly virtuous brother to be hypocritical and the seemingly dissolute one to be honorable, thus critiquing the superficial judgments and moral corruption of the elite.

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  2. 2. The Rivals

    The play is a classic comedy of manners set in 18th-century Bath, England, revolving around the romantic misunderstandings and the social pretensions of its characters. The central plot follows the young Lydia Languish, who is enamored with the idea of a romantic elopement and disdains the idea of a conventional marriage. She is pursued by Captain Jack Absolute, who disguises himself as a poor ensign named Beverley to win her affections. Meanwhile, other characters engage in their own schemes and rivalries: Lydia's aunt, Mrs. Malaprop, with her famously mangled vocabulary, seeks a suitable match for her niece, while the hotheaded Sir Lucius O'Trigger and the bumbling Bob Acres both vie for the hand of the same woman. The play is a satirical examination of love, language, and social affectation.

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  3. 3. Critic

    "Critic" is a satirical play that humorously scrutinizes the pretensions and follies of the theatrical world through a play-within-a-play format. The story revolves around Mr. Dangle, an amateur critic and enthusiast of the arts, who, along with his friend Sneer, attends a rehearsal of a new tragedy written by the pompous and oblivious playwright, Mr. Puff. Throughout the rehearsal, Puff explains the various clich├ęs and absurdities of contemporary theater, which he employs without any self-awareness, leading to a series of comedic critiques and misunderstandings about the nature of drama and the role of the critic.

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