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Friday, February 15, 2013
British Playwright Colley Cibber's "Papal Tyranny" opens in London - 1745
15, 1745, Colley Cibber’s Papal Tyranny
premieres in London. British playwright and Poet Laureate Colley Cibber was
born on November 6, 1671 in Southampton, London, England. He wrote 25 plays for
his own company at Drury Lane, half of which were adapted from various sources.
Cibber's brash, extroverted personality did not sit well with his
contemporaries, and he was frequently accused of tasteless theatrical
productions, shady business methods, and a social and political opportunism
that was thought to have gained him the laureateship over far better poets. He
rose to ignominious fame when he became the chief target, the head Dunce, of
Alexander Pope's satirical poem Duncaid.
His importance in British theater history rests on his being one of the first
in a long line of actor-managers, on the interest of two of his comedies as
documents of evolving early 18th-century taste and ideology, and on the value
of his autobiography as a historical source. He died suddenly at his home in
London on December 11, 1757.
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