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Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was a man with many roles.
He was not only a playwright and poet, he was also a Whig Member of the British House of Commons and owner of the London Theatre Royal on Drury Lane.
Though born in Ireland, Sheridan and his family moved outside of London when he was seven.
Both of his parents were theatrical influences for him, as his mother was a playwright and novelist, and his father was at one time an actor.
In 1722, the character of Sheridan's intended fiance was challenged by Captain Thomas Mathews.
The result was two duels, the first left both parties unscathed, while the second resulted in bloodshed, though Sheridan was the resounding winner.
First performed in 1800, "Pizarro" is based on a German drama by Kotzebue.
It is a story of Spanish imperialism over the Incas of Peru.
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