The Critic, or A Tragedy Rehearsed

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The Critic, or A Tragedy Rehearsed is a satire by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)[1].

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

1954: Directed by Leonard Schach for the UCT Dramatic Society and Children's Theatre at the Little Theatre, April 1954. Decor by Cecil Pym. In the cast: Jenny Gratus, Peter Boyce.

Translations and adaptations


Inskip, 1977. p 119.

Inskip, 1972.

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