(c.1652–1706) English playwright. Banks is best known for his tragedies of suffering heroines drawn from British history, dubbed ‘she tragedies’. The Innocent Usurper (1683), on Lady Jane Grey, and The Island Queen (1684, acted 1704 as The Albion Queens) on Mary of Scotland, were initially banned for political reasons. Banks's earlier horror tragedy, Cyrus the Great, was either similarly suppressed, or merely refused by the players.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.