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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Man's the Master
A tragicomedy by William Davenant (his last play): a translation of Paul Scarron's "Jodelet, ou le maître valet"

First performed at the Duke's House ("The Opera", Lincoln's Inn Fields) 26 March 1668, first published 1669.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

L&M note *The Man’s the Master* was also based on Scarron's *L'heretier Ridicule*. The scene was set in Madrid. The comedy of Jodelet, ou le maître valet (1645) took its name "from the actor who took the principal part. Jodelet was the first of many French plays in which the humour depends on the valet who takes the part of master, an idea that Scarron borrowed from the Spanish." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul…

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