The Universal Gallant

The Universal Gallant, or The Different Husbands is a 1735 comedy play by the British writer Henry Fielding.

The Universal Gallant
Written byHenry Fielding
Date premiered10 February 1735
Place premieredTheatre Royal, Drury Lane
Original languageEnglish

The original Drury Lane cast included James Quin as Mondish, William Mills as Gaylove, Theophilus Cibber as Captain Spark, Benjamin Griffin as Sir Simon Raffler, John Harper as Colonel Raffler and Mary Heron as Mrs Raffler.

Fielding dedicated the work to Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough. It was not a success and met a hostile reception its opening night, and lasted for only three performances.[1]


  1. ^ Cleary p.73-74


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