The art of acting in Restoration Comedy, the buoyant, often bawdy romps that celebrated the re-opening of the English theatres after Cromwell's dour reign, is the subject of Simon Callow's bold investigation. There is cause again to celebrate as Callow, one of Britain's foremost actors and directors, aims to restore the form to all its original voluptuous vigor. Callow shows the way to attain the clarity and hilarity in some of the most delightful roles ever conceived for the theatre. Callow's lively speculations do not follow the familiar route of lace-trimmed interpretations and gratuitous pageantry. He rejects camp for camp's sake, and embraces instead the magnificently perverse language as the primary seductive force in Restoration Comedy. With the text as his inspiration, he shapes an actor's sensibility, coaching his performance in the conventions of the age, the life of the costume, and the audience in performance. The viewer who follows Callow into the Restoration will emerge with an invigorated palate for the theatre of every age.