THE FORCD MARRIAGE: A COMEDY
By Aphra Behn
First Produced in 1670
The Forcd Marriage, or the Jealous Bridegroom was first performed in 1670, at the Dukes Theatre in Londons Lincolns Inn Fields. It belongs in the category of Restoration drama, which refers to drama written between 1660, when the monarchy was restored, and 1688. The play, a tragicomedy, was Aphra Behns first and one of the first plays by a woman to be presented on the English stage. Behn went on to write many more plays and was the first woman to make her living as a writer.
In The Forcd Marriage, the heroine, Erminia, is forced by her father and the king to marry Alcippus, a young warrior whom she does not love. The man she loves, and who loves her, is Prince Philander, the kings son, while the kings daughter, Galatea, is in love with Alcippus. In time-honored comic fashion, the tangle eventually gets sorted out and true love wins in the end.