The Rehearsal

Definition

Theater

  • A comedy first performed at Drury Lane in 1671; although itis attributed to George Villiers, 2nd duke of Buckingham (1628 - 87),it is likely that several other parties had a hand in its authorship.

    The Rehearsal is a burlesque of the popularRestoration genre of heroic drama. Its main character, Bayes,was intended to pillory the playwrights William Davenantand John Dryden. The plot revolves around a rehearsal fora heroic tragedy that magnifies all of the failings and absurditiesof the genre. Notable among the characters in the play-within-a-playare the bombastic Drawcansir and Prince Pretty-man. TheRehearsal was one of the earliest examples of the English dramaticburlesque. It had many imitators during the 18th century, most notablySheridan's The Critic. see also at Brentford.

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