To the next generation and the end of the period (or rather of the Restoration literature, which actually lasted somewhat beyond 1700), belong William Congreve, a master of sparkling wit, Sir John Vanbrugh
, and George Farquhar.
Director Phillip Breen captures John Vanbrugh
's influential comedy on love and marriage, which rocked 17th century society - and still shocks today.
She is simply terrific as Lady Fancyfull in John Vanbrugh
's comedy which scandalised theatregoers in 1697 by posing the question: if a husband commits adultery, is his wife entitled to do the same?
SEVENTEENTH century dramatist John Vanbrugh
was a bit a jack of all trades.
1726: Sir John Vanbrugh
, playwright and architect of Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and many castles and houses, died.
A century or so later, Kneller's 'Kit-Cat' portrait of Sir John Vanbrugh
shows the architect of Castle Howard also holding a pair of compasses.
Blenheim Palace Built in the early 18th century, the world-famous Blenheim Palace, a jewel in the Oxfordshire countryside, was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh
. Now residence to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, it is also famed as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Blenheim Palace was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh
- architect of Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland - for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough between 1705--1722.
Richard Heer and I worked together in the late 1980s on a production of John Vanbrugh
's play e Relapse with the late Kate O'Mara and Peter Adamson, who played Len Fairclough in Coronation Street.
The castle - which is the seat of the Clan Campbell - was inspired by a Sir John Vanbrugh
sketch in the 1700s and has 85,000 visitors a year.
HER MAJESTY'S The current playhouse, built in 1897, is the fourth theatre on the site since John Vanbrugh
's first in 1705.
Another heritage site open for visitors this year is the picturesque Saint George's Church, Esher, Surrey, built around 1540, which has elaborate 18th century carvings, a three-deck pulpit and a pew designed by the Blenheim Palace architect, John Vanbrugh
. The Church will also house the North Downs Botanical Artists Exhibition during the Heritage Open Days.