School for Scandal Questions and Answers
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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When was The School for Scandal first performed?

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The School for Scandal (1751-1816) by Richard Brinsley Sheridan is classified as a "comedy of manners", a genre typically set in the drawing rooms of the idle rich, using intricate plot twists and verbal pyrotechnics to synthesize delightful entertainment with a scathing critique of the moral laxity of Restoration society. Its first performance was in the Drury Lane Theatre in London on 8 May 1777. The critical reception of the play has been overwhelming positive, and it is still frequently reprinted and performed, as well as studied in classes on the history of drama and eighteenth-century literature.

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