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Title Caius Gracchus
Author Knowles, James Sheridan  
Date 18 Nov 1823
First Performance Date 18 Nov 1823
Document Type Play  Prologue  Epilogue  
Library/Archive The Huntington Library  
Collection Name John Larpent Plays
Reference LA2384
Language English
Document Description A play written by the Irish James Sheridan Knowles. It was so radical that it was censored by the Lord Chamberlain. It is a play about Caius Gracchus, a Roman supporter of the plebeian class, and encouraged connections between the Irish and British peasantries with the plebeians in ancient Rome.
Theme Greco-Roman Society  Censorship & Politics  
Theatre Theatre Royal Drury Lane  
Lord Chamberlain Graham, James (3rd Duke of Montrose)  
Examiner at time of Licence Application Larpent, John  
(Other) People Taylor, John  
Genre Tragedy  
Acts Five  
Printed Edition Printed 1823.
Keywords Roman  tragedy  historical figure  class  peasant  politics  poverty  
Additional Information Previously produced in Belfast, Feb. 13, 1815. Manuscript dated by Larpent Nov. 6, 1823; contains a prologue (written by John Taylor Esqr.) and epilogue. Compared to the printed edition in Glasgow in 1823, the prologue and epilogue not printed. The manuscript is a much shortened version.
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