Charles Coffey

(1700—1745) writer

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(?1700–1745), author of comic operas. Born in Dublin, he wrote music and librettos for adaptations of English and French plays. His first piece, The Beggar's Wedding (1729), borrowed from John Gay's famous opera but also made use of the songs ‘Lillibulero’ and ‘Eileen Aroon’ (‘Eibhlín a Rúin’). He took the play to Drury Lane, where he later had success with The Devil to Pay, or The Wives Metamorphos'd (1731). Other plays were The Female Parson (1730) and The Boarding School (1733).

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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