The Glorious First of June (play)

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The Glorious First of June is a 1794 play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. It depicts the Glorious First of June, a British naval victory over the French that took place on 1 June 1794 during the French Revolutionary War. It premiered on 2 July 1794 at the Drury Lane theatre, and was based on newspaper accounts of the battle. It contains a debate on the question of naval patriotism – a key issue at the time. The profits made from the play were donated to the families of those killed in the battle.[1]


  1. ^ Jenks p.36


  • Jenks, Timothy. Naval engagements: patriotism, cultural politics, and the Royal Navy, 1793-1815. Oxford University Press, 2006.