Thursday, 26 February 2009

Thomas goes to King Lear

31 May 1742
Went to see King Lear Garrick Lear 2/6

This is the first time Thomas has mentioned an actor, but, if you know one name from 18th century theatre, then this is it!

David Garrick came to London to be a wine merchant. He was not very good at that and his business lost money. However, he started to act within a year of seeing his first play. He quickly became a professional and on 11 May 1742 he appeared at Drury Lane, in Otway's The Orphan (which Thomas has already seen!). That same month, Garrick played King Lear opposite Margaret "Peg" Woffington as Cordelia.

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