The Manager in Distress

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The Manager in Distress is a 1780 comedy play by George Colman the Elder. It was written to open the summer season at the Haymarket Theatre on 30 April 1780. A theatre manager learns that his actors have all left him, meaning he has to cancel his season of plays, only for them to turn up after all.[1] The play is full of in-jokes including references to Colman himself.


  1. ^ Smith & Lawhon p.71-72


  • Smith, Dane Farnsworth. Plays about the Theatre in England, 1737-1800: or, The Self-conscious Stage from Foote to Sheridan. Associated University Presses, 1979.