In comedy, during the first part of the period, stand Sir George Etherege
and William Wycherley.
The OED's second instance is taken from Sir George Etherege
's She wou'd if she cou'd (1668), where it is applied three times to the disreputable Rakehell, once in the cast list and twice by other characters, most interestingly by Sir Joslin when introducing Rakehell to Sir Oliver: "Let me commend this ingenious Gentleman to your Aquaintance; he is a Knight of Industry" ( 1888, 173).
Keenan then goes on to discuss George Etherege
's She Wou'd If She Cou'd, first performed at LIF in February 1668.
Literary criticism and literary history have little use for Georgian drama beyond Goldsmith and Sheridan, and except for these two, the canon runs from George Etherege
, William Wycherely, and William Congreve straight to Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw.
's The Man of Mode; or, Sir Fopling Flutter, premiering at the Duke's Theatre in 1676, remained popular with audiences until the 1750s, and was then "dropped from the repertory" apparently because "changing tastes made its sexual frankness seem objectionable" (O'Neill 526).
Once in London, he meets up with playwright Sir George Etherege
(an excellent Tom Hollander) and his Falstaff-style mate Charles Sackville (Johnny Vegas in typical Vegas mode).
Earl of Rochester Johnny Depp Elizabeth Barry Samantha Morton King Charles II John Malkovich Elizabeth Malet Rosamund Pike Sir George Etherege
Tom Hollander Charles Sackville Johnny Vegas Jane Kelly Reilly Harris Jack Davenport Alcock Richard Coyle Countess Francesca Annis Downs Rupert Friend Molly Luscombe Claire Higgins From the outset, "The Libertine" throws down the gauntlet, with Johnny Depp's Earl of Rochester promising the audience, "You will not like me." After almost two hours watching the 17th-century poetaster ruin himself with booze, brawling, shagging and epic-scale petulance, no one can say they weren't warned.
The plays are Thomas Shadwell's The Libertine, Sir George Etherege
's The Man of Mode; or, Sir Fopling Flutter, Thomas Durfey's A Fond Husband; or, The Plotting Sisters and Thomas Otway's Friendship in Fashion.
comedies of William Wycherley and George Etherege
both of whom had
During his London sojourn or after his return to Europe Ferdinand Albrecht noted the place and time of performance on the title pages of eight English plays: Sir George Etherege
's The Comical Revenge, James Shirley's The Court Secret, Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher's The Scornfull Lady, Thomas Killigrew's The Parson's Wedding, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, James Shirley's The Cardinal, John Webster's The White Devil, and Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher's The Maid's Tragedy.(2) His annotations for all eight of these plays provide unique performance records; in fact, five provide the only documentation for a production of any of these plays in 1664-65.
Playwrights declared themselves against affected wit and acquired follies and satirized these qualities in caricature characters with label-like names such as Sir Fopling Flutter (in Sir George Etherege
's The Man of Mode, 1676) and Tattle (in William Congreve's The Old Bachelour, 1693).
(1676) A comedy by Sir George Etherege
(1634 - 91).