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Derek  •  Link

Thomas Killigrew (1612-1683) was a dramatist and wit who played an important role in the re-establishment of the theatre following Charles' return. As a boy he had been page to Charles I and followed his son into exile. In 1660 Killigrew and Sir William Davenant were granted letters patent by the King to establish theatres. Two companies were formed: the King's Players, led by Killigrew, and the Duke's Players led by Davenant. Killigrew's company played first at Gibbon's Tennis-Court in Clare Market but in 1663 moved to the new Theatre Royal in what is now Drury Lane. Davenant's company, after a period at the old Salisbury Court theatre, moved to Lincoln's Inn Fields, and eventually in 1732 to the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. These two theatres, subsequently rebuilt, were the only theatres in London licensed for dramatic performances until the mid 19th century and still survive as major performance venues today.

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vicente  •  Link

the Killigrews :.http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/07/04/#c20692
KILLIGREW, THOMAS (1612-1683), English dramatist and wit, son of Sir Robert Killigrew,
The Prisoners and Claracilla, both of which had probably been produced before 1636.


Anne KILLIGREW (F: 1660 - 1685 Jun 15) J Poems [p|1686] Henry KILLIGREW (M: 1613 - 1700) The Conspiracy [d|1638] Pallantus And Eudora [d|1653]
Thomas KILLIGREW, the elder (M: 1612 Feb 7 - 1683 Mar 19) The Parson's Wedding [d|1664] The Prisoners [d|?] Claracilla [d|?] The Princess [d|?] Cecilia And Clorinda [d|?]
Thomas KILLIGREW, the younger (M: 1657 - 1719) Chit Chat [d|1719]
Sir, William KILLIGREW (M: baptised 1606 May 28 - buried 1695 Oct 17) Pandora [d|1664] The Siege Of Urbin [d|1666] Selindra [d|?] Ormasdes [d|?]


Pedro.  •  Link

Sam says on the 24th May 1660

Pedro  •  Link


Killigrew, the wit, has given his name to a court in Scotland Yard;

Michael Robinson  •  Link

In the Pepysian Library, PL 2157:-

Comedies, and tragedies. Written by Thomas Killigrew, Page of Honour to King Charles the First. And Groom of the Bed-Chamber to King Charles the Second.
London: printed [by John Macock] for Henry Herringman, at the sign of the Anchor in the lower walk of the New-Exchange, 1664.
[4], 576, 80 p., [1] leaf of plates : port of author by Faithorne; 4⁰.
Each play has separate title page, with printer's name or initials, dated 1663,
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), K450

Pedro  •  Link

Killigrew's Sister.

Elizabeth Killigrew was a mistress of Charles II, and bore a child Charlotte Jemima. Nicknamed "Black Betty" and married to Francis Boyle, the brother of Robert Boyle.

Bill  •  Link

KILLIGREW, (Thomas) the son of Sir Robert Killigrew, born at Hanworth in Middlesex, in 1611, was distinguished by uncommon natural parts. He was page of honour to Charles I. and groom of the bed-chamber to Charles II. with whom he had been many years in exile. During his absence from his country, he wrote eleven plays, and died in 1692; his remains were interred in Westminster Abbey. Killigrew was a man of a grotesque figure, and infinite wit and humour in conversation, and consequently a favourite with that merry monarch Charles II. into whose presence he was always admitted, even when his favourite ministers were refused access. But though Killigrew was so fascinating in conversation, his writing was not beyond mediocrity.

---Eccentric biography; or, Sketches of remarkable characters, ancient and modern. 1801.

Bill  •  Link

Sometimes like Will Sommers before Henry VIII., Killigrew would appear in the presence of Charles in disguise. Once he came before the King in pilgrim's attire, "cockled hat and shoon." "Whither away?" asked Charles. "I am going to hell," boldly replied the jester, "to ask the devil to send back Oliver Cromwell to take charge of the affairs of England; for as to his successor, he is always employed in other business."
---The History of Court Fools. J. Doran, 1858.

Bill  •  Link

THOMAS KILLEGREW, groom of the bed-chamber to Charles II. was more admired for his ready wit than his writings. He was author of eleven plays, printed in one volume fol. 1664, with his portrait, by Faithorne, prefixed. Of these, "The Parson's Wedding" met with the most general approbation. It is remarkable, that no women appeared upon the stage before the Restoration, and that this comedy was acted by women only.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1775.

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