The Nabob

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The Nabob is a comedy play by the English writer Samuel Foote. It was first performed at the Haymarket Theatre on 29 June 1772.[1] The first interpretation of the role of Mrs Matchem was made by Mrs Gardner.[2]

A wealthy nabob Sir Matthew Mite returns to England from India and tries to buy his way into high society.[3]


  1. ^ Taylor p.81
  2. ^ Alison Oddey, ‘Gardner , Sarah (fl. 1763–1795)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 22 Dec 2014
  3. ^ Nechtman p.136


  • Nechtman, Tillman W. Nabobs: Empire and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge University Presses, 2010.
  • Taylor, George (ed). Plays by Samuel Foote and Arthur Murphy. Cambridge University Press, 1984.