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John Vanbrugh

Date of birth: 1664
Date of death: 26.3.1726
Main profession: architect
Links: Wikipedia (n/a)

English dramatist and architect, in which latter capacity he was responsible for the design of the first Queen's Theatre on the site of the present Her Majesty's. This was built to house a company led by Betterton, who appeared there in Vanbrugh's own play, The Confederacy (1705), based on Dancourt's Les Bourgeoises a la mode (1692) and often billed as The City Wives' Confederacy. But Vanbrugh's best plays are undoubtedly The Relapse; or, Virtue in Danger (1696), a sequel to and parody of Love's Last Shift (also 1696), by Cibber , and The Provoked Wife (1697).


IN: Hartnoll, Phyllis, ed. The concise Oxford companion to the theatre. 1st ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1972.   ISBN 0-19-281102-9. p. 570

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