The Siege of Damascus

The Siege of Damascus is a 1720 tragedy by the British writer John Hughes. It was inspired by Simon Ockley's 1708 study Conquest of Syria, and focuses specifically on the Siege of Damascus in 634.

The Siege of Damascus
Bodleian Libraries, Playbill of Covent Garden, Wednesday, 15th of April, announcing The siege of Damascus &c..jpg
1747 playbill
Written byJohn Hughes
Date premiered17 February 1720[1]
Place premieredDrury Lane Theatre
Original languageEnglish

Originally staged at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with a cast featuring Robert Wilks as Eumenes, Thomas Walker as Daran, Barton Booth as Phocyas, John Mills as Caled, Mary Porter as Eudocia, Charles Williams as Herbis, William Mills as Artaman and John Thurmond as Abudah. it was a success and was revived frequently in the eighteenth century.[2] It was his final work as he died shortly after its premiere.


  1. ^ Burling p.81
  2. ^ Orr p.68


  • Burling, William J. A Checklist of New Plays and Entertainments on the London Stage, 1700-1737. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1992.
  • Orr, Bridget. British Enlightenment Theatre: Dramatizing Difference. Cambridge University Press, 2020.