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Sullivan (play)

Sullivan was a three-act comedy by Anne-Honoré-Joseph Duveyrier de Mélésville, based on the play Garrick Médecin. It was first played at Paris, in the Théatre-Français, November 11, 1852. The original cast was:

Nicol Jenkins, a wealthy merchant - Mr. Provost

Lèlia, his daughter - Ms. Favart

Sullivan, a comic actor from Drury Lane Theater - Mr. Brindeau

Sir Frédéric Dumple, nephew of Jenkins - Got

Saunders, a broker - Anselme

Mistress Saunders, his wife - Mrs. Thénard

Merwyn, a silks merchant - Mr. Montet

Miss Pénélope, his sister - Ms. Joussain

Peacock, a lawyer - Mr. Mirecourt

Little-John, Jenkins' valet - Castel

Dickson, Sullivan's valet - Mathien

An Alderman

Servants

Though Garrick Médecin had focused on the adventures of actor David Garrick, de Mélésville did not wish to do a historical piece, and so used the then-contemporary Shakespearean actor Barry Sullivan as his subject, though he changed the character's first name in the play to George, probably to avoid any possible legal troubles. A few years after it was produced, Sullivan was adapted into the English play David Garrick by Robertson, with Garrick returned to the leading role.

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