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Thomas Killigrew
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Playwright
    (February 7, 1612-March 19, 1683)
    Born in England, United Kingdom
    Dramatist and theater manager
    Wrote the plays 'The Prisoner,' 'Claricilla,' 'The Princess, or Love at First Sight,' 'The Parson's Wedding,' 'Cicilia and Clorinda, or Love in Arms' and 'Thomaso, or the Wanderer'
    Founded the King's Company acting troupe (1660)
    Member of the 'Merry Gang' at the court of King Charles II
    Appointed Groom of the Bedchamber and Chamberlain to Queen Catherine
    Appointed Master of the Revels (1673-77)
    He was a spendthrift who was constantly in debt.
    While serving as ambassador to Venice for the exiled Stuarts, he was expelled from the city for 'venal conduct.'
    His comedy 'The Parson's Wedding' was called 'an obscene, loose play' by Samuel Pepys.
    As a teenaged page in the court of Charles I, he volunteered as an extra at the Red Bull Theater so he could see plays for free.
    As director of the King's Company, he was credited with introducing to the English stage scenery, music and female actors (including a pair of all-women productions of 'The Parson's Wedding' that created a sensation).
    Charles II admired his wit enough to grant him license to mock anyone at court without penalty.

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