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Alfred Bunn

(c. 1796—1860) theatre manager and librettist


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(1798–1860) English manager and librettist. For two seasons (1833–5) Bunn was manager of both Drury Lane and Covent Garden. His taste for opera and spectacle rather than legitimate drama provoked a physical assault from Macready in 1836 because Bunn forced him to act in a severely truncated Richard III. Nobody could make a financial success of the two patent theatres in the 1830s, and Bunn went bankrupt. He wrote librettos for eleven operas, notably Balfe's The Bohemian Girl (1843). His The Stage: both before and behind the curtain (1840) is special pleading, but informative about contemporary theatre.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.

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