The Adventures of Five Hours

The Adventures of Five Hours is a 1663 comedy play by the English writer Sir Samuel Tuke, 1st Baronet. Based on the play Los empenos de seis horas by Antonio Coello, It is an early example of the developing Restoration comedy tradition. Its success led to a series of sentimental plays in the Spanish style about love and honour, very different to the more sophisticated and cynical comedies which the Restoration era became known for.[1]

The Adventures of Five Hours
Written bySamuel Tuke
Date premiered8 January 1663
Place premieredLincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish

Performed by The Duke's Company, it premiered at the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre in London. The original cast included Thomas Betterton as Don Henriq, Henry Harris as Antonio, Cave Underhill as Diego, Samuel Sandford as Ernesto, William Smith as Corrigidor, John Young as Octavio, Hester Davenport as Camilla, Jane Long as Flora and Mary Betterton as Portia.[2] It ran for thirteen straight performances, a considerable hit by the time.

References Edit

  1. ^ Fisk p.57-58
  2. ^ Van Lennep p.60-61

Bibliography Edit

  • Fisk, Deborah Payne. The Cambridge Companion to English Restoration Theatre. Cambridge University Press, 2000,
  • Nicoll, Allardyce. History of English Drama, 1660-1900: Volume 1, Restoration Drama, 1660-1700. Cambridge University Press, 1952.
  • Roberts, David. Thomas Betterton: The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Van Lennep, W. The London Stage, 1660-1800: Volume One, 1660-1700. Southern Illinois University Press, 1960.