Restoration Drama Student Resources

Restoration Drama commonly refers to plays performed in England in the late 17th century. Charles II restored the English throne in 1660, reigning until his death in 1685. Theatre historians usually extend the Restoration period to about 1700 or 1710. Works during this period were largely satirical (often bawdy) comedy of manners plays, mocking the social customs of the upper class. Well known works of the period include William Wycherley’s The Country Wife (1675) and William Congreve’s The Way of the World (1700). – Justin Cash

Visual resources on Restoration drama including an image gallery of playwrights and past Royal Shakespeare Company productions.

Excellent article “An Introduction to Restoration Comedy” which should appeal to visual learners. Historical facts are interspersed with relevant images from the British Library collection.

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
– The Mourning Bride (1697) by William Congreve

Excellent guide to English Restoration theatre including historical background, French influences, playwrights, actors and actresses.

Article exploring the never-ending appeal of Restoration comedies to theatre audiences of all eras.

Useful article from about Puritan England while theatres were officially closed, then the Restoration period, including the role of women in English Restoration theatre.

Wikipedia entry discussing numerous aspects of Restoration comedy including well known theatre companies, esteemed actors and important works of the period.

Useful summary of ten of the best Restoration plays.

Summary for theatre students of the acting requirements and typical conventions of Restoration dramas.