Joe Haines delivers an epilogue

Welcome to this site which is dedicated to the study of Restoration theatre. It houses short research articles, images, reviews and notes on staging and scenery.

At first the site will be populated with information relating to the early Restoration period (1660-74), when the first public theatres of the 1660s were operating. As the site grows you will be able to find more information about these theatres and their plays. New material will be added on a regular basis, so do follow this blog. The second phase will focus on theatre production at Dorset Garden and Drury Lane during the period 1674-1710.

Your comments, contributions, and theatre reviews are welcome. My contact details are on the About page.

NB. Footnote links may not work on these pages, but you can see the footnote at the bottom of the page in the standard way.

2 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hello, i have just been reading your very interesting article about adapting The Enchanted Isle by Dryden for a modern stage and am currently reading through The Enchanted Isle with a view to staging it with The Castle Players of Barnard Castle. When you staged it in Hull did you have a modern script to work from? I am working from a facsimile of the original script which all that I can find on the Internet, but its hard work and impractical for the actor’s learning of lines!
    Yours sincerely, Mary Stastny

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for your kind comments. There are modern editions available, but you’ll need access to a good library. I used the California Dryden edition of the complete works (Swedenberg, Jr., H. T., et al. (eds.). The Works of John Dryden, (20 vols.), Berkeley: California UP, 1956-90) and made my own version from that. I edited it fairly heavily. I have a spare copy and will send it to you if you let me know your address.

      Best wishes,


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