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Date: 5 April 2019

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Post No. 6229

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Playwright Anecdotes: –


Oscar Wilde arrived at his club one evening, after witnessing a first production of a play that was a complete failure.
“Oscar, how did your play go tonight?” said a friend.
“Oh, was the lofty response, “the play was a great success , but the audience was a failure”.

Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree to a would be dramatist,
My dear sir, I have read your play. Oh my dear sir!
Yours faithfully,



“Not all your plays are successes, I suppose, Sir James”, someone remarked to J M Barrie at a dinner party.
In the manner of one imparting confidence, Barrie leaned toward him and said,
“No, some Peter out, some Pan out”.


Claire Boothe’s first produced play, ‘Abide with Me’ was a failure. The playwright was ,however, evidently possessed of some ebullience on the occasion of its opening. Richard Watts, drama critic, reported,
“One almost forgave, Abide with Me, its faults when its lovely playwright, who must have been crouched in the wings for a sprinter’s start as the final curtain mercifully descended, heard a cry of ‘Author ‘, which was not audible in my vicinity, and arrived to accept the audience’s applause just as the actors, who had a head start on her, were properly lined up and smoothed out to receive their customary adulation.”


Richard Brinsley Sheridan , threatening to cut his son Thomas off with a shilling, he immediately replied,
Ah father, but where will you borrow the shilling?


Cumberland, a third rate dramatist, was jealous of Sheridan s reputation and lost no occasion to talk him down.
An acquaintance of Sheridan’s , meeting him on the street one day, informed him that Cumberland was telling everyone how he had gone to see
‘The School for Scandal’, and had thought it a very bad thing— couldn’t see how people saw anything funny in it at all.
“Why, did he not laugh at my comedy?” asked Sheridan, pretending the deepest concern,
Well then, I must say that is very ungrateful in Mr Cumberland, for I laughed at his last tragedy until I almost split my sides”.


Dancer Anecdote

Finley Peter Dunne, the Mr Dooley of humorous fame, once went to see Isadora Duncan perform. The famous dancer wore very few clothes, and as a result of their lack, looked even plumper than usual. A flood light threw calcium beams on her. As Dunne was leaving, one of the patronesses hailed him.
“Oh, Mr Dunne”, she twittered,
“How did you enjoy the Madame’s dancing?”
“Immensely”, said Dunne.
“Made me think of Grant’s Tomb in love”.


Sheridan bought Boots!! ( Post No.5328)

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Date: 16 August 2018


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Post No. 5328



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Sheridan made his appearance, one day, in a pair of new boots. These attracting the notice of some of his friends, Now guess, said he, how I came by these boots. Many probable guesses then took place. No, said Sheridan, no you have not hit it, nor ever will. I bought them and paid for them.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Irish Playwright

born oct.31, 1751

Died July 7, 1816

Age at death 64



1775 The Rivals

1775 St. Patrick’s Day

1775 The Duenna

1777 The School for Scandal

1779 The Critic

The playwright R B Sheridan is best known for his comedies of manners.

Sheridan was born in Dublin, and theatre was in his blood. His father was an actor, and his mother had written novels and plays. However, his family had money problems, and while Sheridan was away in England being educated, the family moved to France to avoid debtors.

When Sheridan was 19, the family moved back to England, and he joined them in the city of Bath. While there he became involved in a scandal concerning a well- known singer Elizabeth Anne Linley, over whom he later fought two duels. They were married in 1773 and then moved to London.


Once in London Sheridan became friends with a group of writers including Dr Johnson and Oliver Goldsmith. Although Elizabeth’s singing career could easily have supported them both, Sheridan decided to earn a living from writing. His first play, The Rivals, was written when he was 23. Two more followed later that year. The success of these plays led directly to Sheridan being offered the job of actor-manager of a London theatre.


Sheridan’s The School for Scandal is considered one of the most brilliant comedies of the 18th century. Like all of his plays, it makes fun of types of people Sheridan felt were cruel, stupid or self-important.


Sheridan’s theatrical skills made him a natural public speaker. He became a member of the British parliament and served as a minister.

Source- Book of Anecdotes and Who Wrote What When.