MacNamara Morgan

Life
?-1762; Irish barrister; author of a tragedy, Philoclea (Covent Garden, 22 Jan. 1754) produced through the influence of Spranger Barry and based on Sydney’s Arcadia; ran nine nights; The Sheep-Shearing or Florizel and Perdita (Covent Garden, 25 March 1754) published in 1767, a pastoral comedy taken from Shakespeare’s Tempest and full of absurdities. PI

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References
Peter Kavanagh, The Irish Theatre (Tralee: The Kerryman 1946), gives dates as ?-1762 and notes works: a tragedy, Philoclea (Covent Garden, 22 Jan. 1754), printed 1754; The Sheep-Shearing or Florizel and Perdita (Covent Garden, 25 March 1754) printed 1767; bio-notes and details incl. the verdict that his Sheep-shearing, after Shakespeare, was ‘full of absurdities’ and that he was a Dublin barrister.

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