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London Assurance
     

London Assurance

by Dion Boucicault
 

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Dion Boucicault was a witty, selfish and deceitful charmer, a bigamist, a profligate spendthrift and the author of dozens of successful plays, only a handful of which endure. Among these his early comedies influenced Oscar Wilde, and his Irish melodramas Shaw, Synge, and O'Casey. London Assurance was his first success, a 'modern comedy' which opened at Covent Garden

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Dion Boucicault was a witty, selfish and deceitful charmer, a bigamist, a profligate spendthrift and the author of dozens of successful plays, only a handful of which endure. Among these his early comedies influenced Oscar Wilde, and his Irish melodramas Shaw, Synge, and O'Casey. London Assurance was his first success, a 'modern comedy' which opened at Covent Garden in 1841 and was the hit of the season. This is the first fully-annotated edition of the play, and it includes an outline of the author's amazing career, an account of the play's composition, and a critical introduction.

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"The dialogue is both funny and flavorsome, helped along here by a few excellent new jokes added by Richard Bean."—Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

"Tickled up with new jokes by farmer’s son and stand-up turned-playwright Richard Bean, both the countryside and play are even funnier than when this play was written in 1841."—Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848420861
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Series:
Drama Classics Series
Pages:
60
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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RICHARD BEAN is a prolific playwright and former stand up comedian. His first full-length play Of Rats and Men, was mounted at the Canal Cafe Theatre in 1996 and went on to the Edinburgh Festival. He adapted it for BBC Radio where it was nominated for a Sony Award. He also won the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2005: Best New Play for his play Harvest.

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