Portrait of George Colman

George Colman the Younger:

List of Plays

The following list is divided into two parts: Part I, listing those plays known to be written or adapted and revised by Colman; and Part II, those possibly written or adapted by Colman. All plays are listed in the order of their first appearance in stage production.

I. Plays definitely written or adapted by Colman

 Title

 Source (if known)

 First Performance

 Theater

 The Female Dramatist  Smollett's Roderick Random  16 August 1782  Haymarket
 Two to One    19 June 1784  Haymarket
 Turk and No Turk    9 July 1785  Haymarket
 Inkle and Yarico  Steele's Spectator no. 11  4 August 1787  Haymarket
Ways and Means; or A Trip to Dover    10 July 1788  Haymarket
The Battle of Hexham, or Days of Old  Historical event  11 August 1789  Haymarket
The Surrender of Calais  Jean Le Bel in Vrayes Chroniques  30 July 1791  Haymarket
 Poor Old Hay-Market, or Two Sides of the Gutter    15 June 1792  Haymarket
The Mountaineers  Two stories from Don Quixote  3 August 1793  Haymarket
 New Hay at the Old Market    9 June 1795  Haymarket
The Iron Chest  Godwin's Caleb Williams  12 March 1796  Drury Lane
 Sylvester Daggerwood  Colman's New Hay at the Old Market  7 July 1796  Haymarket
 The Heir at Law    15 July 1797  Haymarket
 Blue-Beard, or Female Curiosity  Gretry's Barbe bleue  16 January 1798  Drury Lane
 Blue Devils  Joseph Patrat's LAnglais, ou Le Fou Raisonnable  24 April 1798  Covent Garden
 Feudal Times, or The Banquet Gallery    19 January 1799  Drury Lane
 The Castle of Sorrento  Henry Heartwell (rev. by Colman)  13 July 1799  Haymarket
 The Review, or the Wags of Windsor    1 September 1800  Haymarket
 The Poor Gentleman    11 February 1801  Covent Garden
 John Bull, or the Englishman's Fireside   5 March 1803  Covent Garden
 Love Laughs at Locksmiths    25 July 1803  Haymarket
 Gay Deceivers, or More Laugh than Love    22 August 1804  Haymarket
 Who Wants a Guinea?    18 April 1805  Covent Garden
 We Fly by Night, or Long Stories  Le Conteur, ou Les Deux Postes  28 January 1806  Covent Garden
 The Forty Thieves  (written with C. W. Ward) 8 April 1806  Drury Lane
 The Africans, or War, Love, and Duty  Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian's Selico, Nouvelle Africaine  29 July 1808  Haymarket
 X.Y.Z    11 December 1810  Covent Garden
 The Quadrupeds of Quedlinburgh, or the Rovers of Weimar  Canning and Frere, "The Rovers; or The Double Arrangement"  26 July 1811  Haymarket
 Doctor Hocus Pocus, or Harlequin Washed White    12 August 1814  Haymarket
 The Actor of All Work, or First and Second Floor    13 August 1817  Haymarket
 The Gnome-King, or The Giant-Mountains    6 October 1819  Covent Garden
 The Law of Java    11 May 1822  Covent Garden
 Stella and Leatherlungs, or A Star and a Stroller    1 October 1823  Drury Lane

 

II. Plays possibly written or adapted by Colman

 Title

 Source (if known)

 First Performance

 Theater

 The Family Party    11 July 1789  Haymarket
 The Travellers Benighted  Lewis's The Monk  30 September 1811  Haymarket
 Shakespeare versus Harlequin  David Garrick's Harlequin's Invasion  8 April 1820  Drury Lane

Links back to Colman Home Page, plans for a New Edition of His Plays, a Biographical Sketch, a list of Summaries of the Plays, an Annotated List of his Correspondence, and the Selected Bibilography


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updated 10/7/2002