Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Portrait by [[John Hoppner]], {{circa|1788-92}} Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (30 October 17517 July 1816) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, writer and Whig politician who sat in the British House of Commons from 1780 to 1812, representing the constituencies of Stafford, Westminster and Ilchester. The owner of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, he wrote several prominent plays such as ''The Rivals'' (1775), ''The Duenna'' (1775), ''The School for Scandal'' (1777) and ''A Trip to Scarborough'' (1777), along with serving as Treasurer of the Navy from 1806 to 1807. After dying in 1816, Sheridan was buried at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, and his plays remain a central part of the Western canon and are regularly performed around the world. Provided by Wikipedia
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