Charles Coffey

Charles Coffey (died 1745) was an Irish playwright and composer.

His best known opera is probably The Beggar’s Wedding (1729), which capitalizes on the success of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728). The Beggar's Wedding opened at the Haymarket on 29 May 1729.

His best music includes:

  • The Devil to Pay, or The Wives Metapmorhos’d (1731), from a play by Thomas Jevon.
  • Ellen A Roon (1729), now sung to new words and known as Robin Adair.

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