Love in a Village



  • A comic opera that provided the first theatrical success forthe British dramatist Isaac Bickerstaffe. The rustic idyll,first performed in 1762, has music by Thomas Arne and others; thestory was taken from Charles Johnson's The Village Opera (1728).Bickerstaffe's piece was frequently revived in the 18th and 19th centuriesand greatly influenced the development of the light musical play inBritain.