Supplementary entertainment offered after a full-length play in 18th-century England. A short comedy, farce, or pantomime was presented to lighten the five-act Neoclassical tragedy that was commonly performed. A reduced admission price for latecomers, usually after the third act, enabled less-sophisticated playgoers and working people to see the end of the drama and the one-act afterpiece.
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Prologues, Epilogues, Curtain-Raisers and Afterpieces: The Rest of the Eighteenth-Century London Stag.(Brief article)(Book review)
May 01, 2007; 9780874139679 Prologues, epilogues, curtain-raisers, and afterpieces; the rest of the eighteenth-century London stage. Ed....