edited by James L. Smith
Following the courtships and disguises of its satirical, farcical characters, London Assurance is a merry parade of wittily constructed skirmishes between love and money, town and country, nature and artifice.
The preening Sir Harcourt sets off to Oak Hall in the country in order to marry the lovely eighteen-year-old Grace, little realising that his son, Young Courtly, is simultaneously wooing the same beauty under the assumed name of Augustus Hamilton. But Sir Harcourt finds himself stirred instead by the rumbustious Lady Gay Spanker, who married an exceedingly rich bachelor out of pity, and having squashed his spirit is now ready to flirt to the hilt with the devoted Sir Hamilton. The double courtship, surrounded by a set of brilliantly comic characters, ultimately exposes the falsity of judgements based on money or fashion, as well as gleefully lampooning all manner of social eccentricities.
The first performance of London Assurance was in 1841 at Covent Garden, London.