The Critic was first staged at Drury Lane Theatre in 1779. Sheridan’s comedy is a burlesque on acting, play production, and a parody of tragic drama conventions. Misadventures arise when the playwright, Puff, invites theatre critics Dangle and Sneer to a rehearsal of his play The Spanish Armada.

Sheridan wrote his first play, The Rivals, in 1775, to huge success. In 1777 he wrote A School For Scandal and followed it with The Critic in 1779. From 1780 he abandoned writing and became a controversial figure as an MP advocating press freedom, and later well-known as the owner of the Drury Lane theatre.

The performance of The Critic (lasting approximately an hour) is on Thursday 18 February at 7.30pm. Email to watch the show.

See the cast list here.

Essential info

Online via Zoom

  • Thursday 18 February 2021 7.30pm