Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1815) was an Irish poet and social activist. For a long period of time he was the owner of the London Theatre Royal. His most famous literary works are ‘The Rivals’, ‘The School for Scandal’ and ‘The Duenna’. Richard Sheridan was elected a member of the Parliament from the ‘Whig’ party. He was buried at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey.
‘The Duenna’ is a libretto by Richard Sheridan that was made into a comic opera with the music by Thomas Linley the elder and his son. The action takes place in Seville and goes round a rich Spanish family of Don Jerome. The story features a number of love affairs and intrigues.