Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer, or The Mistakes of a Night

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  • Sudeshna Kar Barua (University of Calcutta)

Oliver Goldsmith’s anti-sentimental comedy She Stoops to Conquer or the Mistakes of a Night, originally entitled The Old House, a New Inn (Cambridge History), was first performed on March 15, 1773 at the Covent Garden Theatre in London. It was written with the purpose of re-introducing wit, humour and laughter into England’s playhouses and bringing theatre-goers some respite from the tear-jerking sentimental comedies of playwrights like Colley Cibber (1671-1757) and Richard Steele (1672-1729). The Prologue was written by the theatre-manager, producer, playwright and actor David Garrick (1717-1779), but was spoken by Henry Woodward. “Dressed in black , and holding a handkerchief to his eyes”, the …

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Kar Barua, Sudeshna. "She Stoops to Conquer, or The Mistakes of a Night". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2012
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