A synopsis of the play by Richard Brome
The following article was originally published in A Dictionary of the Drama. W. Davenport Adams. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1904.

In The Antipodes, a comedy by Richard Brome, acted at Salisbury Court, in Fleet Street, in 1638, and printed in 1640, Perigrine has studied Mandeville and other writers of travles, till he is become disordered in his wits. The Doctor, who undertakes to cure him, proposes that they should travel together to the Antipodes, telling him that the Antipodes under England are English

"To the exterior show; but in their manners,
Their carriage, and condition of life,
Extremely contrary."

He then gives his patient a strong sleeping potion, and conveys him to the house of a lord. When Peregrine wakes, a play is acted before him to represent the manners of the Antipodes. Everything is done contrary to what is usual; two sergeants with drawn swords run from a gentleman who wishes them to arrest him; a lawyer refuses all fees; a citizen makes a complaint of a gentleman who will not cuckold him, etc., etc. At the conclusion of the play, Peregrine recovers his senses. There is an underplot in which Joyless, Peregrine's father, is cured of his jealousy.


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