Charles Johnson: The Successful Pyrate. A Play. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane

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  • Robert G Dryden (University of Hartford )

Although Charles Johnson's tragic-comedy The Successful Pyrate failed financially, it did reach the stage of Drury Lane's Theatre Royal in 1712 for a run of four nights and was printed in 1713. Aspects of the play were adapted from Lodowick Carlell's Arviragus and Philicia (1639), but the central idea originated with the 1694 attack in East Indian waters of a ship belonging to the Mogul of India by the pirate John Avery. Since the attack by an “English pirate” jeopardized trade relations between Britain and India, the incident received a great deal of attention. Rumors and misinformation circulated in Britain and abroad that the Mogul's wife, daughter or granddaughter had been on the Indian ship, had been kidnapped …

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Dryden, Robert G. "The Successful Pyrate. A Play. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 October 2006
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