These two great plays by Beaumarchais are best known to us through the operas of Rossini and Mozart. Beaumarchais brought the fun back into theatre and broke the convention of formality that had developed after Moliere. The humour, liveliness and vigour found in these plays depend on an interplay of character which was quite new to his audiences. The Barber of Seville premiered in 1775; The Marriage of Figaro was initially banned by Louis XVI and then premiered in 1784 when the ban was lifted. This 1964 anthology of the plays is translated and introduced by John Wood.
The Barber of Seville & The Marriage of Figaro (1964)
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