The Law Against Lovers

The Law Against Lovers is a five-act play written by Sir William Davenant in 1662. It is an adaptation of several William Shakespeare plays combined into one. This audio version is performed by a full cast.

The Law Against Lovers was a dramatic adaptation of Shakespeare, arranged by Sir William Davenant and staged by the Duke's Company in 1662. It was the first of the many Shakespearean adaptations staged during the Restoration era. Davenant was not shy about changing the Bard's work; he based his text on Measure for Measure, but also added Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing — “resulting in a bizarre and fascinating combination.” He made Angelo from the former play, and Benedick from the latter, into brothers.

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