Thomas Otway: Venice Preserv'd (2296 words)

Neil Forsyth (Université de Lausanne )
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The full title of Thomas Otway’s play is Venice Preserv’d; or A Plot Discovered, a Tragedy. It is written in a mixture of blank verse and prose. It was first performed in 1682 in Dorset Gardens, and then at the Duke’s Theatre, with famous and popular actors such as Thomas Betterton (1635 –1710) and Elizabeth Barry (1658 –1713) in the leading roles. The title page tells us it was “printed for Jos. Hindmarsh at the Sign of the Black Bull, over against the Royal Exchange in Cornhill.1682”. The play was often staged up to the 1830s, but it then fell out of favour along with much Restoration theatre. In 2019, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) put on an adaptation at the …

Citation: Forsyth, Neil. "Venice Preserv'd". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2020 [, accessed 16 January 2021.]

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