Elizabeth Polwheele

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Elizabeth Polewhele (c. 1651 – c. 1691), playwright, was one of the first women to write for the professional stage in London.[1] Her comedy The Frolicks was performed at the Dorset Garden Theatre in 1671; it features Claribell, a witty Restoration heroine, and Rightwit, a rake. She has been identified, tentatively, as the daughter of Theophilus Polwhele.[2]


  • Elysium (lost)
  • The Faithful Virgins (ca. 1670; manuscript)
  • The Frolicks, or, The Lawyer Cheated (1671)


  1. ^ Janet Todd (1987). "Elizabeth Polwhele". In Janet M. Todd (ed.). A Dictionary of British and American women writers, 1660-1800. Rowman & Allanheld. p. 259. ISBN 978-0-8476-7125-0.
  2. ^ Milhous, Judith. "Polewheele, E.". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/45820.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)