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Trelawny of the Wells

by Arthur Wing Pinero

This is the story of a young actress named Rose Trelawny, who struggles to adapt to the changing times of the theatre world in the late 19th century. First performed in 1898, "Trelawny of the Wells" is a comedy-drama that explores the clash between the old traditions of the theatre and the emerging modernity of the era. The play delves into the lives of actors and actresses during a time of significant changes in the theatrical world, as new forms of entertainment such as musicals and vaudeville begin to emerge. Throughout the story, the audience follows Rose Trelawny's journey as she navigates the challenges of leaving behind her traditional theatre roots and embracing the new forms of entertainment. The play also touches on themes such as class struggle and the complexities of relationships, as the characters grapple with their own identities and desires. Not only is "Trelawny of the Wells" a fascinating portrayal of the changing theatre world in the late 19th century, but it is also an entertaining and thought-provoking play that has endured the test of time. Pinero's work remains a beloved classic in the world of theatre, and his exploration of the timeless themes of love, identity, and the struggle for success continue to resonate with audiences today.

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Sir Arthur Wing Pinero was an English playwright and, early in his career, actor. Pinero was drawn to the theatre from an early age, and became a professional actor at the age of 19. He gained experie...

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