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Iton Chest
George Colman
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Iton Chest

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107 pages
Published April 1989 by Woodstock Books
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May 19, 2010 Surreysmum rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1983, plays, library
[These notes were made in 1983:]. I read this play for exams. It's a dramatization by George Colman the Younger of William Godwin's Caleb Williams, but differs considerably from the original in tone and emphasis, and in such minor matters as keeping the heroine alive (there is no real heroine in CW). The copy I read was xeroxed from a Drury Lane prompt copy used for 1828 and 1831 performances (the latter apparently with "Mr. Kean"). Very interesting to see what they cut -- nearly all the songs, ...more
Nov 08, 2015 Helen rated it liked it
Misspelled: Correct Title is "The Iron Chest."

If you are reading this play to see a theatrical adaptation of Godwin's Caleb Williams, desist. This play is only nominally borrows from Godwin's characters and plot. The radical political elements against tyranny and prisons have been effaced and four romantic subplots have been added. The resulting work isn't bad so much as it is aggressively mediocre. Do not recommend unless you have an interest in adaptation, the history of British theatre, etc.
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George Colman (often misspelled as Coleman), known as "the Younger", was an English dramatist and miscellaneous writer. He was the son of George Colman "the Elder".

He was falsely stated to have written The Rodiad, which was probably written by Richard Monckton Milnes. Also, Canadian author John Glasso published his Squire Hardman as being a poem by George Coleman the Younger, which i
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