Talk:David Garrick

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Retirement from management of Drury Lane[edit]

Article now says 1762 -- that can't be right, is it? [1] implies 1776. —Bunchofgrapes (talk) 20:00, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

1776 is the correct year. See also Carola Oman's David Garrick (1958) and [2] --Thf1977 20:18, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
OK, it may be wrong. I'm taking that date from the date when he left after the riots over ticket prices and went to the continent. Forgive me. *Exeunt* Ganymead | Dialogue? 21:01, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
This is still very much a work in progress, obviously. Thanks for y'all's attention to detail! *Exeunt* Ganymead | Dialogue? 21:04, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
Of course, no big deal -- that just happened to be a date on my mind, as I drive myself insane trying to figure out the chain of management and ownership at Drury Lane over 350 years. —Bunchofgrapes (talk) 21:18, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
Just curious, what sources are you using to determine this chain? I may be able to help you with some of the sources I have. *Exeunt* Ganymead | Dialogue? 02:46, 13 April 2006 (UTC)

Johnson's Academy[edit]

Boswell says that Johnson's school opened in 1736 and remained so for about a year and a half. Garrick must have been about nineteen at the time, if the birth year is correct.Bilinear 01:59, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Publications section[edit]

This was removed and will be replaced by the References section. But since some of these works are not listed there, I'll move this here.

  • Knight, Life (London, 1894)
  • Fitzgerald, Life (London, 1868)
  • Murphy, Life (Dublin, 1801)
  • Davies, Life (London, 1780)
  • Parsons, Garrick and his Circle (Boston, 1907)

Effect on British Pronunciation?[edit]

Linguist Mario Pei (The Story of Language, 1949, Lippincott, ISBN 0397004001) says that the "broad" a sound (in words like "bath" and "can't") was said to have originated in a stage affectation introduced by David Garrick. Does anyone else know anything about this? Kostaki mou (talk) 03:59, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

New files[edit]

Recently the files below were uploaded and they appear to be relevant to this article and not currently used by it. If you're interested and think they would be a useful addition, please feel free to include any of them.

I also replaced the lead image with a better version. People apparently love to paint this guy. :-P Dcoetzee 03:12, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

Moved from article page[edit]

Wikipedia Correction September 2009

There is a major error in the third para of At Drury Lane. The Ode to Drury Lane Theatre on Dedicating a Building and erecting a statue, to Shakespeare is a misnomer for An Ode upon dedicating a Building and erecting a Statue to Shakespeare which was not written until 1759 and was not written by Samuel Johnson.

I suggest substituting as third sentence the more accurate: “The first performance under Garrick and Lacy’s management took place on 15 September 1747. The Merchant of Venice with Charles Macklin as Shylock was preceded, as was customary, by a Prologue which set out artistic policy for the season. Garrick spoke the 62 lines written by Samuel Johnson which promised patrons that The Drama’s laws the Drama’s patrons give…… “and as present.

I also propose the insertion of a new section with the heading

“Garrick and Shakespeare

As well as restoring many of the plays to the stage Garrick was the leader of a movement of actors, patrons, artist and sculptors who in the middle of the century established William Shakespeare as a National Hero. This started with the introduction into Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey of a statue of Shakespeare by Scheemakers in 1741 and culminated in the Great Shakespeare Jubilee at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1769. There Garrick wrote and spoke, with music by Thomas Arne, An Ode upon dedicating a Building and erecting a Statue to Shakespeare. The statue can be seen today in a niche on the north end of the Stratford Town Hall. The Ode was later given at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 30 September 1769. Before then Garrick had built the first building anywhere dedicated to Shakespeare, on the Thames side lawn in front of his villa at Hampton. In 1759 this had been completed by the installation of a statue of Shakespeare by Roubilac for the body of which it said that Garrick modelled. This statue is now in the front hall of the British Library. There is a faithful facsimile in the Temple which is open to the public on Sundays in the summer.”

The list of references are not good. I suggest that Marcus Risdell, Librarian at the Garrick Club is invited to update these.

  • The notes above were posted inappropriately on the article page by someone else. I am pasting them onto the talk page, where they belong.

Would that include Kabuki" : influenced nearly all aspects of theatrical practice throughout the 18th century  ?[edit]

Some articles take on a definite Euro/western slant that is unconscious. Is that influence with a particular culture or nationality? It cannot be assumed that if someone is from a particular country that the absence of qualifying just what field of whatever has been influenced and needs to be qualified otherwise it is a general statement that can be considered ethnocentric and offensive to that field of other cultures/society.76.170.88.72 (talk) 13:53, 13 March 2014 (UTC)