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How did “stealing thunder” originate?

January 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Drama

John Dennis (1657-1734), an English dramatist and critic, was responsible for the expression to steal one’s thunder. In 1709 his play Appius and Virginia was produced at Drury Lane in London, and for its production the playwright introduced a new method of simulating thunder on the stage. Previously stage thunder was produced by large bowls. …

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