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 1733
London: printed. And, Dublin re-printed, and sold by George Faulkner, in Essex-Street, opposite to the Bridge

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1750
printed for the proprietors; and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster

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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 1758
printed by assignment from Mr. Watts, for T. Lownds, at his Circulating Library in Fleet-Street

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1746
printed by E. Bate, for Joseph Cotter, in Skinner-Row

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1771
printed for T. Lowndes, No. 77, in Fleet-Street

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1790
printed for R. Butters, No. 79, Fleet-Street; and sold by all booksellers in town and country

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1760
printed and sold by Bart. Corcoran, on the Inn's-Quay, near the Cloysters

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1723
printed by E. Waters in Essex-Street, at the Corner of Sycamore Alley

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1763
printed for R. Horsfield, in Ludgate-Street ; and T. Lownds, in Fleet-Street

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1748
printed for J. Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Fields

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1777
printed for J. Wenman

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1735
printed for John Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Fields

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1732
printed for E. Rayner, at the Pamphlet-Shop, next the George-Tavern, Charing-Cross

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1768
printed by James Magee, at the Bible and Crown in Bridge-Street

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by Coffey, Charles
Published 1768
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 1729
Printed by S. Powell, for Thomas Benson, at Shakespear's-Head in Castle-Street

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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