Thomas Otway: The Atheist

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First Performance and Publication

Thomas Otway’s final play, The Atheist: or, The Second Part of the Souldier’s Fortune, was staged by the newly-formed United Company in July, 1683. As its subtitle suggests, Otway hoped in this sequel to capitalize on the success of his earlier comedy, The Souldier’s Fortune, first performed in 1680 by the Duke of York’s Theatre. The Atheist was one of the few new plays of substance produced in the mid-1680s by the struggling United Company, which continued to have financial troubles despite its monopoly on London professional theatre. The Atheist was dedicated to Lord Elande, the Marquis of Halifax’s eldest son, in 1684. Its dedicatory epistle reveals …

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Brady, Jennifer. "The Atheist". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 July 2012
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