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[mass noun] A style of drama which flourished in London after the Restoration in 1660, typically having a complicated plot marked by wit, cynicism, and licentiousness. Principal exponents include William Congreve, William Wycherley, George Farquhar, and Sir John Vanbrugh.
- ‘His influence on English Restoration comedy exceeded that of Jonson: dramatists like D' Avenant, Dryden, Wycherley, Vanbrugh, and Shadwell quarried his plays for characters and situations.’
- ‘With Charles II came the re-opening of theatres, Restoration comedy, the Plague, the fire of London, and the building of St Paul's Cathedral.’
- ‘She quickly built a reputation in London as an original and versatile actress with a special affinity for Restoration comedy.’
- ‘Set in the Sydney Cove penal colony in 1789, the premise sees a young lieutenant direct rehearsals of the Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer.’
- ‘There were 18th Century novels like Moll Flanders, Pamela and Clarissa, while Restoration comedies such as Way of the World and Marriage a la Mode satirised the calculated approach to finding a ‘good’ husband.’
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