18th Century Play Scripts

18th Century Play Scripts

The Beggar’s Opera The School For Scandal She Stoops To Conquer

Commedia dell’Arte

Commedia dell’Arte

Commedia dell’arte is a form of theatre characterized by masked “types” which began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of the actresses and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios. The closest translation of the name is “comedy of craft”; it is shortened from commedia dell’arte all’improvviso, or “comedy…

Sentimental Comedy

Sentimental Comedy

Dallas Baptist University Excellent explanation of Sentimental Comedy for the theatre, offering several examples of the genre throughout historiy. Theatre Database Useful essay by playwright Oliver Goldsmith (She Stoops To Conquer) attacking sentimental comedy.

18th Century Drama

18th Century Drama

Neoclassicism is the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that draw inspiration from the “classical” art and culture of Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome. The main Neoclassical movement coincided with the 18th century Age of Enlightenment, and continued into the early 19th century, latterly competing…