Definition of Restoration comedy in English:

Restoration comedy

Syllabification: Res·to·ra·tion com·e·dy


  • A style of drama that flourished in London after the Restoration in 1660, typically having a complicated plot marked by wit, cynicism, and licentiousness.
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    • 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.

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