Sir William Davenant

Standard Name: Davenant, Sir William


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Intertextuality and Influence Mariana Starke
The play's central theme was suttee or sati, the practice of burning a widow at her husband's death. The playbill advertised a Procession representing the Ceremonies attending the Sacrifice of an Indian Woman on the...
Literary responses Elizabeth Polwhele
Judith Milhous calls it a throwback to types of play popular before the Civil War, and remarks on its clanking rhyme,précieux sentiment, and witches reminiscent of Davenant 's adapted Macbeth.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Textual Production Lady Hester Pulter
LHP apparently began composing the sixty-seven poems which she eventually had transcribed into an album, together with a separate collection of emblem poems and a prose romance. She gave the poems various titles: the first...
Textual Production Frances Eleanor Trollope
FET published a novel about spiritualism, Black Spirits and White.
The title is quoted from an incantatory lyric which is better remembered than its provenance. It occurs in Sir William Davenant 's version of...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Clemence Dane
It treats the relationship between Shakespeare and Sir William Davenant .
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29 October 1656: Sir William Davenant published his operatic...

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29 October 1656

Sir William Davenant published his operatic entertainment The Siege of Rhodes.

25 July 1658: Sir William Davenant's masque The Cruelty...

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25 July 1658

Sir William Davenant 's masqueThe Cruelty of the Spaniards in Peru, Exprest by instrumentall and vocall musick, and by the art of perspective in scenes, etc., was published; it had been performed the same year.

21 August 1660: Charles II issued patents to Sir William...

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21 August 1660

Charles II issued patents to Sir William Davenant and Thomas Killigrew to open separate theatre companies in London.

8 November 1660: Thomas Killigrew left Davenant and opened...

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8 November 1660

Thomas Killigrew left Davenant and opened his own theatre company, the King's , at Gibbons' Tennis Court, Vere Street.

Late June 1661: Sir William Davenant's theatre company, the...

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Late June 1661

Sir William Davenant 's theatre company, the Duke's , opened at a new theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, after some months at the Salisbury Court theatre.

29-30 August 1663: The Lord Chamberlain ordered the arrest of...

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29-30 August 1663

The Lord Chamberlain ordered the arrest of all actors performing without affiliation with the two patent houses (the King's Company , managed by Thomas Killigrew , and the Duke's Company , managed by Sir William Davenant ).

After 7 April 1668: On the death of Sir William Davenant, his...

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After 7 April 1668

On the death of Sir William Davenant , his widow took over the running of Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre; she managed it until the 1670s, and therefore presided over the debut of Aphra Behn .

13 April 1668: Six days after the death of Sir William Davenant,...

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13 April 1668

Six days after the death of Sir William Davenant , the Poet Laureate, John Dryden was appointed to fill the position.

7 November 1670: The joint operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's...

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7 November 1670

The joint operatic adaptation of Shakespeare 's The Tempest by John Dryden and the late Sir William Davenant was first staged.


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