The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama brings together the work of key playwrights from 1660 to 1800, divided into three main sections:

  • Restoring the Theatre: 1660–1700
  • Managing Entertainment: 1700–1760
  • Entertainment in an Age of Revolutions: 1760–1800

Each of the 20 plays featured is accompanied by an extraordinary wealth of print and online supplementary materials, including primary critical sources, commentaries, illustrations, and reviews of productions. Taking in the spectrum of this period’s dramatic landscape—from Restoration tragedy and comedies of manners to ballad opera and gothic spectacle—The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama is an essential resource for students and teachers alike.

chapter 2|58 pages

William Wycherley, The Country Wife

chapter 3|61 pages

George Etherege, The Man of Mode

chapter 5|60 pages

Aphra Behn, The Widdow Ranter

chapter 6|64 pages

John Vanbrugh, The Relapse

chapter 7|54 pages

William Congreve, The Way of the World

chapter 8|46 pages

Susanna Centlivre, The Busie Body

chapter 10|45 pages

John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera

chapter 12|42 pages

George Lillo, The London Merchant

chapter 13|33 pages

Samuel Foote, The Minor

chapter 15|53 pages

Richard Cumberland, The West Indian

chapter 16|47 pages

Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer

chapter 18|50 pages

Hannah Cowley, The Belle’s Stratagem

chapter 19|42 pages

George Colman, Inkle and Yarico

chapter 20|48 pages

Elizabeth Inchbald, Every One Has His Fault