Rel. Chri. Sects. Puritans.LIFE Photo Collection
Charles Mosley, The Modern Duel, etching and engraving (1747/1747)British Museum
The restoration of Charles II, the merry monarch, allowed for a re-birth. The new King granted two patents to William Davenant and Thomas Killigrew to open theatres and present legitimate drama. In 1663 Killigrew opened what was to become The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, making it the first West End Theatre.
King Charles II actively encouraged theatre development, allowing women to appear on the British stage for the first time, encouraging new writing and the use of scenery and costumes as he had seen in court masques as a young man.
New writers like Farquhar, Wycherely, Vanbrugh and Congreve emerged creating their own 'comedy of manners', generally referred to as Restoration Comedy. Mistaken identity, cuckolding and fortune hunters were often repeated themes. Aphra Behn is known to be the first woman to earn a living as a writer.
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