Thomas Killigrew

Standard Name: Killigrew, Thomas


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Dedications Elizabeth Polwhele
Since it has prologue, epilogue, and cast-list, the play was evidently meant for performance; it was probably performed, though the sparse theatre records of this time bear no trace of it.
Polwhele, Elizabeth. “Introduction: A ’Lost’ Play and its Context”. The Frolicks, edited by Judith Milhous and Robert D. Hume, Cornell University Press, 1977, pp. 13 -49.
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Family and Intimate relationships Anne Killigrew
Her uncles Thomas Killigrew and Sir William Killigrew were dramatists and men of the theatre.
Greer, Germaine, Susan Hastings, Jeslyn Medoff, and Melinda Sansone, editors. Kissing the Rod. Virago, 1988.
Intertextuality and Influence Aphra Behn
It is a re-working of Thomas Killigrew 's unacted, autobiographical Thomaso; or, The Wanderer, 1654. AB 's postscript admits some use of Killigrew while implicitly claiming more originality than the fact justified.
Todd, Janet. The Secret Life of Aphra Behn. Rutgers University Press, 1997.
Performance of text Aphra Behn
AB 's greatest stage success, The Rover; or, The Banish't Cavaliers (adapted from Thomas Killigrew ), had its probable opening at Dorset Garden .
The London Stage 1660-1800. Southern Illinois University Press, 1968.


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 his own theatre company, the King's , at Gibbons' Tennis Court, Vere Street.
7 May 1663
The King's Company (managed by Thomas Killigrew and formerly of Vere Street) opened at a new theatre in Bridges Street,Drury Lane.
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 ).
25 January 1672
The theatre in Bridges Street,Drury Lane, home of the King's Company (managed by Thomas Killigrew ), was destroyed by fire.
26 March 1674
The King's Company opened at its new Drury Lane Theatre , in Drury Lane, still under the management of Thomas Killigrew .
9 September 1676
Charles Hart , Michael Mohun , Edward Kynaston , and William Cartwright were appointed by the Lord Chamberlain to manage Drury Lane Theatre .