Phaedra by Jean Baptiste

With Phèdre, Racine once more chose a subject from Greek mythology, one which had already been treated by Greek and Roman tragic poets: Euripides in Hippolytus and Seneca in Phaedra

In the absence of her royal husband, Thésée, Phèdre ends by declaring her love to Hippolyte, Thésée's son from a previous marriage. 

As a result of an intrigue by the Duchess of Bouillon and other friends of the aging Corneille, the play was not a success at its première on 1 January 1677 at the Hôtel de Bourgogne, home of the royal troupe of actors in Paris

Indeed, a rival group staged a play by the now forgotten playwright Nicolas Pradon on an almost identical theme. 

After Phèdre, Racine ceased writing plays on secular themes and devoted himself to the service of religion and the king until 1689, when he was commissioned to write Estherby Madame de Maintenon, the morganatic second wife of Louis XIV 

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