Plays Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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Plays  by  Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Plays by Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: The School for Scandal, the Rivals, the Critic, a Trip to Scarborough.MoreThis is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge.

Chapters: The School for Scandal, the Rivals, the Critic, a Trip to Scarborough. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The School for Scandal is a comedy of manners written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. It was first performed in London at Drury Lane Theatre on May 8, 1777. With principal themes of the deceptive nature of appearances, the fickleness of reputation, the often disreputable guises behind which goodness and honesty can conceal itself, it has been noted that The play remains to this day a crowd-pleaser and one of the standard repertory pieces in our dramatic literature.

The prologue, written by David Garrick, commends the play, its subject, and its author to the audience. (Garrick was Sheridans predecessor as manager of Drury Lane.) Scene I: Lady Sneerwell, a wealthy young widow, and her hireling Snake discuss her various scandal-spreading plots. Snake asks why she is so involved in the affairs of Sir Peter Teazle, his ward Maria, and Charles and Joseph Surface, two young men under Sir Peters informal guardianship, and why she has not yielded to the attentions of Joseph, who is highly respectable.

Lady Sneerwell confides that Joseph wants Maria, who is an heiress, and that she wants Charles. Thus she and Joseph are plotting to alienate Maria from Charles by putting out rumors of an affair between Charles and Sir Peters new young wife, Lady Teazle. Joseph arrives to confer with Lady Sneerwell. Maria herself then enters, fleeing the attentions of Sir Benjamin Backbite and his uncle Crabtree. Mrs. Candour enters and ironically talks about how tale-bearers are as bad as the tale-makers. Soon after that, Sir Benjamin and Crabtree also enter, bringing a good deal of gossip with them.

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