Charles Coffey

Charles Coffey (late 17th century – 13 May 1745) was an Irish playwright, opera librettist and arranger of music from Westmeath.

Following the initial failure of his ballad opera ''The Beggar’s Wedding'' (Dublin, Smock Alley Theatre, 24 March 1729) - a work capitalising on the success of John Gay's ''The Beggar's Opera'' (1728) - he moved to London, where the work opened at the Haymarket on 29 May 1729. In an abbreviated form as ''Phebe, or The Beggar's Wedding'' it became highly successful, although it was not to be heard in Dublin before 1754. His fifth ballad opera, ''The Devil to Pay, or The Wives Metamorphos'd'' (1731) became the most successful ballad opera of the 18th century after ''The Beggar's Opera''. A German translation as ''Der Teufel ist los, oder Die verwandelten Weiber'' (Berlin, 24 January 1743) strongly influenced the development of the German Singspiel.

Coffey died in London and was buried in the St Clement Danes. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1769
Printed by Alex. M'Caslan, and sold at his Shop, opposite to the chapel of Ease, Cross-Causey

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1728
Printed by Edward Waters

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1732
Printed for J. Milner, in the Strand

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1779
Printed for Messrs. Price, Corcoran, Sleater, Wilkinson, W. and H Whitestone, Walker, Moncrieffe, Wogan, Jenkin, Exshaw, and Beatty

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1727

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1725
printed by Pressick Rider and Thomas Harbin

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1729
Printed for James and John Knapton, at the Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1730
Printed for Lawton Gilliver, over-against St. Dunstan's Church; and Fran. Cogan, at the Middle-Temple Gate, in Fleet-street

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1736
Printed by Ed. Cook, near St. Paul's-Church-Yard

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1733
Printed for J. Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Fields

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1729
printed for James and John Knapton, at the Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1733
printed by J. D. and sold by the Booksellers in Town and Country

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1731
printed for James and John Knapton, at the Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1729
printed for James and John Knapton, at the Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1733
printed for W. James, in the Strand

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1731
printed for J. Watts, at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Fields

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1738
printed for J. Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn-Fields

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1732
printed for J. Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Fields

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1779
printed for Messrs. Price, Corcoran, Sleater, Wilkinson, W. and H. Whitestone, Walker, Moncrieffe, Wogan, Jenkin, Exshaw, and Beatty