Find out about the Restoration playwrights working in theatres between 1660 and 1710.

English theatres had been shut for 18 years in 1660 under Puritan rule. They reopened when Charles Stuart was restored to the throne, and drama flourished, with a constant stream of new plays and playwrights. This include the first women writing for the stage.

Below is a gallery of some of the Restoration's better known playwrights, including women writers Aphra Behn and Mary Pix.