Aphra Behn: The Rover, or The Banish't Cavaliers

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The Rover: or, The Banish't Cavaliers was Aphra Behn's most popular play and was one of the first to be revived in the twentieth century. Although it may have been shown earlier it is known to have been performed on 24th March 1677, in front of Charles II, by the Duke's Company at Dorset Gardens theatre. The plot was loosely based on Thomas Killigrew's closet drama Thomaso: or the Wanderer but Behn cut down the original material, reducing Killigrew's long discursive scenes, and combining others to make a faster pace. She also changed much of the characterisation, and added an entirely new heroine in Hellena. She defended charges of plagiarism but made no real secret of her debt to Killigrew. Thriftily Behn …

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Lewcock, Dawn. "The Rover, or The Banish't Cavaliers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 November 2007
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