The Critic, or A Tragedy Rehearsed
Most often referred to simply as The Critic
The original text
It was first staged at Drury Lane Theatre in 1779. It is a burlesque on stage acting and play production conventions, and Sheridan considered the first act to be his finest piece of writing.
The play contains scenes from a fictional play by the character "Puff", called The Spanish Armada, itself later satirized in plays such as Burnand's burlesque Elizabeth, or The Invisible Armada (1870).
Published in Sheridan's plays, introduction and notes by Lewis Gibbs. Dent, 1906.
Performance history in South Africa
Translations and adaptations
Inskip, 1977. p 119.
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