Michael Clancy

Life
?-1760; blind in 1737; Smock alley trag., Tamar: Prince of Nublia (1739), limited success and not printed; The Sharpers (Smock alley Jan 1737/8), based on exploits of Col. Chartres, it was noticed by Swift, who wrote, ‘I read it carefully with much pleasure, on account of the characters and the moral. I have no interest with the people of the playhouse, else I should be glad to recommend it to them’ (see Memoirs of Dr. Michael Clancy, MD (1750); Hermon Prince of Chorea, or the Extravagant Zealot, a heroic play set in Pekin [Beijing], advertised in General Advertiser 14 Apr. 1746, ‘as acted in Ireland’; Clancy acted Tiresius in Dryden and Nat. Lee’s Oedipus for his own benefit at Drury Lane. RR

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References
Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica: Irish Worthies (1821), vol. I, p.469;

Peter Kavanagh, Irish Theatre (1946).

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