Thomas Killigrew Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Bentley, Gerald Eades. “Thomas Killigrew.” In The Jacobean and Caroline Stage, Volume IV: Plays and Playwrights, pp. 694-710. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956.

Includes a brief biography of Killigrew, a listing of his plays, their dates of composition and performance, and their textual provenance.

Wertheim, Albert. “A New Light on the Dramatic Works of Thomas Killigrew.” Studies in Bibliography 24 (1971): 149-52.

Finds clues as to the dating of Killigrew's works in differences between the engraved portrait of the author included in the 1664 folio edition of his plays and the earlier painting on which it is based.


Vander Motten, J. P. “Thomas Killigrew's ‘Lost Years,’ 1655-1660.” Neophilologus 82, no. 2 (April 1998): 311-34.

Seeks to account for the years Killigrew spent on the European continent during Charles II's exile. Vander Motten concludes: “The evidence seems to confirm that Killigrew owed his appointment as manager of the King's Company in 1660 to his closeness to the exiled monarch more than to his managerial talents.”


Hotson, Leslie. The Commonwealth and Restoration Stage. 1928. Reprint. New York: Russell & Russell, 1962, 424 p.

Includes numerous references to Killigrew's plays and his career as the manager of the King's Company.

Nicoll, Allardyce. A History of Restoration Drama, 1660-1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1923, 397 p.

Covers Killigrew's receipt of a theatrical patent and his establishment of the King's Company.

Additional coverage of Killigrew's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 58.