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George Colman, the Elder

(1732—1794) playwright and theatre manager


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(1732–94),

edited the Connoisseur (1754–6) with Bonnell Thornton (1724–68) and collaborated with Garrick in writing The Clandestine Marriage (1766). He was manager of Covent Garden, 1767–74, and of the Haymarket, 1777–89. He wrote many plays, adapted Shakespeare and Beaumont and Fletcher for the stage, and translated the comedies of Terence (1765). He was elected to Dr Johnson's literary Club in 1768.

Subjects: Literature — Theatre.


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