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date: 24 October 2020

Goldoni, Carlo 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Joseph FarrellJoseph Farrell

(1707–93)Italian playwright. Goldoni boasted that he was ‘born under the star of comedy’, but the reputation as ‘Papa Goldoni’, writer of good-hearted comedies, has long been an obstacle to an adequate appreciation of this complex figure whose importance in the history of Italian theatre can scarcely be overstated. He was born in a Venice which had lost its empire and discovered a role as the Las Vegas of the age. Theatre was big business, with old and new money poured into private and public theatres and talent as eagerly sought as in contemporary Hollywood. The city had sixteen theatres when ... ...

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