The Natural Son

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The Natural Son is a comedy play by the British writer Richard Cumberland.[1] It was first staged at the Drury Lane Theatre in London in December 1784.[2] The play is notable for the return of the popular character Major O'Flaherty from Cumberland's 1771 play The West Indian.[3]


  1. ^ Baines, Ferraro & Rogers p.87
  2. ^ Nicoll p.126-127
  3. ^ Welch & Stewart p.127


  • Baines, Paul & Ferraro, Julian & Rogers, Pat. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • Nicoll, Allardyce. A History of English Drama 1660-1900. Volume III: Late Eighteenth Century Drama. Cambridge University Press, 1952.
  • Welch, Robert & Stewart, Bruce. The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature. Oxford University Press, 1996.