The Rehearsal

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A satirical play poking fun at the overblown tragedies produced in the time of the Restoration, first staged in 1671. It uses the device of having three men working to develop a new play and having the actors trying out various scenes. The play itself is made up almost entirely of excerpts of existing dramatic works, and especially at those of John Dryden. (In the etext of the printed play which you can access from the link below, the play script is published on the right hand pages with every left hand page full of footnotes describing from which plays the scenes, lines, and allusions are taken.) - Summary by ToddHW

Cast list:
Bayes: ToddHW
Johnson: Greg Giordano
Smith: Beeswaxcandle
First King of Brentford: Adrian Stephens
Second King of Brentford: GaleHall
Prince Pretty-Man: Alan Mapstone
Prince Volscious: Ethan Hurst
Gentleman Usher: Claudia Caldi
Physician: Larry Wilson
Drawcansir: Elijah Fisher
General: Priamedes
Lieutenant General: Lynette Caulkins
Cordelio: redrun
Tom Thimble: Jim Locke
Fisherman: David Purdy
Sun: Agnes Robert Behr
Thunder: Claudia Caldi
First Player: Mathias Thorndal
Second Player: Alan Mapstone
Third Player: redrun
First Soldier: Sonia
Second Soldier: Elijah Fisher
First Herald: Inkell
Second Herald: David Purdy
Amaryillis: Michele Eaton
Cloris: Jenn Broda
Parthenope: Inkell
Pallas: Hope
Lightning: Availle
Moon: oogiesragdoll
Earth: Stunning
Shirley: Elsie Selwyn
Stage Directions: Devorah Allen
Editing: ToddHW
(2 hr 0 min)


Act 1 28:29 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 19:23 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 25:06 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 21:55 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 25:16 Read by LibriVox Volunteers