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All For Love: Introduction
All For Love: Plot Summary
All For Love: Detailed Summary & Analysis
All For Love: Themes
All For Love: Quotes
All For Love: Characters
All For Love: Symbols
All For Love: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of John Dryden
Historical Context of All For Love
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- Full Title: All For Love
- When Written: 1677
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: 1678
- Literary Period: Restoration
- Genre: Drama, Tragedy
- Setting: Ancient Egypt
- Climax: Antony and Cleopatra commit suicide, thus inaugurating the beginning of the Roman Empire and the end of the Roman Republic.
- Antagonist: Octavius
Extra Credit for All For Love
Celebrity Actors. The character list of All For Love features a list of the actors who played the roles in the original 1677 production. These included Charles Hart as Marc Antony and Elizabeth Boutell as Cleopatra; both were well-known in the Restoration period, which was the first historical moment of “celebrity” actors who had mass name recognition among the population.
Revivals. The play was very popular and revived twice: at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in February 1704, and at Drury Lane in December 1718.