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Critic (New Mermaid) : New Mermaids - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Critic (New Mermaid)

New Mermaids

Paperback Published: 9th November 1989
ISBN: 9780713631883
Number Of Pages: 116
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old

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The Critic was Sheridan's response to a very specific political and theatrical consciousness. In the summer of 1779, war with both France and Spain seemed imminent and patriotic fervour abounded. The Critic, first performed in early November, satirizes the panic of the summer, in the form of the comically misconceived tragedy The Spanish Armada that is in rehearsal in acts 2 and 3, but ends with genuine patriotic feeling. This edition traces both the political and the theatrical objects of Sheridan's satire and hails the play as one of small group of theatrical survivors which demonstrate that theatre at its best is more important than war.

The author
The context of the play
The play
The staging of the play
Two modern productions
The text
Further reading
The playtext

ISBN: 9780713631883
ISBN-10: 0713631880
Series: New Mermaids
Audience: BAC
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 116
Published: 9th November 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 11.9  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 1