The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554815746 / 1554815746
  • 1100 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: September 30, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554815746 / 1554815746
  • 1100 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

This exciting new edition provides an exceptional range of plays edited by leading scholars of Restoration and eighteenth-century theatre. In addition to fifteen canonical plays from the first edition are five newly edited plays: Lee’s The Rival Queens, Vanbrugh’s The Provoked Wife, Garrick’s Miss in her Teens, Cumberland’s The West Indian, and Inchbald’s Such Things Are. Every play now features an engaging headnote and a fully edited dramatis personae, prologue, and epilogue. The innovative introduction plunges its readers into the experience of playgoing in London, and the edition features supplementary texts including select actor and actress biographies and theatrical documents that provide excellent context.


Actor and Actress Biographies

William Wycherley

  • The Country Wife
  • Peggy Thompson, ed.

George Etherege

  • The Man of Mode; or, Sir Fopling Flutter
  • John H. O’Neill, ed.

Nathaniel Lee

  • The Rival Queens; or, The Death of Alexander the Great
  • David Weston, ed.

Aphra Behn

  • The Rover; or, The Banished Cavaliers
  • Anne Russell, ed.

John Dryden

  • All for Love; or, The World Well Lost
  • Tanya Caldwell, ed.

Thomas Otway

  • Venice Preserved; or, A Plot Discovered
  • Jessica Munns, ed.

Aphra Behn

  • The Lucky Chance; or, An Alderman’s Bargain
  • Lori Snook, ed.

Thomas Southerne

  • Oroonoko
  • Joyce Green MacDonald, ed.

Sir John Vanbrugh

  • The Provoked Wife
  • Diana Solomon, ed.

William Congreve

  • The Way of the World
  • Richard Kroll, ed.

George Farquhar

  • The Beaux’ Stratagem
  • Helen M. Burke, ed.

Susanna Centlivre

  • A Bold Stroke for a Wife
  • Nancy Copeland, ed.

John Gay

  • The Beggar’s Opera
  • Dianne Dugaw, ed.

George Lillo

  • The London Merchant; or, The History of George Barnwell
  • Lincoln Faller, ed.

From “The Ballad of George Barnwell”

David Garrick

  • Miss in her Teens: or, The Medley of Lovers
  • Leslie Ritchie, ed.

Richard Cumberland

  • The West Indian
  • Brett D. Wilson, ed.

Oliver Goldsmith

  • She Stoops to Conquer; or, The Mistakes of a Night
  • Richard A. Barney, ed.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • The School for Scandal
  • Mita Choudhury, ed.

Hannah Cowley

  • The Belle’s Stratagem
  • Linda R. Payne, ed.

Elizabeth Inchbald

  • Such Things Are
  • Chelsea Phillips, ed.

Appendix: Critical Texts

  • 1. From John Dryden, An Essay of Dramatic Poesy (1668)
  • 2. From John Dryden, Preface to An Evening’s Love; or, The Mock Astrologer (1671)
  • 3. Thomas Shadwell, Preface to The Humourists (1671)
  • 4. William Congreve, “Concerning Humour in Comedy” (1695)
  • 5. From Jeremy Collier, A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage (1698)
  • 6. From William Congreve, Amendments of Mr. Collier’s False and Imperfect Citations (1698)
  • 7. From John Vanbrugh, A Short Vindication of The Relapse and The Provoked Wife, from Immorality and Profaneness (1698)
  • 8. From Richard Steele, The Spectator (1711–1714)
  • 9. From John Dennis, “A Defense of Sir Fopling Flutter” (1722)
  • 10. From Samuel Richardson, The Apprentice’s Vade Mecum; or, Young Man’s Pocket Companion (1734)
  • 11. From Colley Cibber, An Apology for the Life of Colley Cibber (1740)
  • 12. From John Hill, The Actor: A Treatise on the Art of Playing (1750)
  • 13. From Oliver Goldsmith, “An Essay on the Theatre; or, A Comparison between Laughing and Sentimental Comedy” (1773)
  • 14. From Samuel Johnson, The Lives of the Poets (1779–1781)


Online Supplement

  • John Dryden
    • Marriage à la Mode
    • Brian Corman, ed.
  • Colley Cibber
    • Love’s Last Shift; or, The Fool in Fashion
    • Gary A. Richardson, ed.
  • John Vanbrugh
    • The Relapse; or, Virtue in Danger, Being the Sequel of The Fool in Fashion
    • James E. Gill, ed.
  • Mary Pix
    • The Beau Defeated; or, The Lucky Younger Brother
    • Elizabeth Kubek, ed.
  • Nicholas Rowe
    • The Fair Penitent
    • Jean I. Marsden, ed.
  • Richard Steele
    • The Conscious Lovers
    • Lisa A. Freeman, ed.
  • Henry Fielding
    • The Author’s Farce
    • Jill Campbell, ed.

Diana Solomon is Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. David Weston is Associate Research Grants Facilitator at Simon Fraser University.

  • • Restores prologues and epilogues to all plays
  • • Innovative introduction takes the reader into the experience of viewing a play in an 18th-century theatre
  • • Includes five newly edited plays
  • • New appendix of critical texts from the period