Critical Reception and Approaches

  • Tony Bromham
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In its own time The Changeling appears to have been popular, and references to the play in the first half of the seventeenth century suggest that its success arose from the sub-plot and the character of Antonio, not, as in our own time, from the scenes of psychological realism between Beatrice and De Flores. The fact that the play was first published during the period of the Commonwealth (1649–60) when the theatres were closed, and that it was performed several times in the early years of the Restoration period (after Charles II had been restored as king in 1660) when they were reopened, indicates the standing it had and the popularity it enjoyed in the seventeenth century. Samuel Pepys recorded a visit to a successful performance at the Salisbury Court Theatre on 23 February 1660 or 1661.

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