Samuel Pepys’s Diary

1661 England coming out of the Cromwell era reminds self so much of the world as it slowly emerges from years of pandemic lockdown:

There were also the newly opened theatres, which he found irresistible, with their repertoire of Elizabethan and Jacobean masterpieces, their many adaptations from the Spanish and the French, new works by Dryden and D’Avenant, and ambitious scenery. Throughout 1661, he went two or three times a week to either the King’s Company, managed by Thomas Killigrew, wit and courier, or the Duke’s, under D’Avenant. In January he saw a woman onstage for the first time . . .

Samuel Pepys, The Unequalled Self, by Claire Tomalin, p. 133

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