Playwright Sheridan Drinks Whilst Theatre Burns

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Richard Sheridan, author of The School for Scandal, stops for a drink on this date in 1809; the new Drury Lane Theatre, which he owns, is burning down nearby. Sheridan calmly states, “A man may surely be allowed to take a glass of wine by his own fireside.”

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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