The Theater: Garrick's Last Bow

The Drury Lane Theatre echoed with farewells, and the 2,000-strong audience cheered to the point of tears. London's most dazzling actor-manager. David Garrick, 59, had made his final bow. Having sold his share of Drury Lane earlier this year for £35,000 to Playwright Richard Sheridan, 24, Garrick gave a series of farewell performances that drew crowds from as far away as France. He chose eleven roles calculated to display his unique range and the naturalistic style he pioneered, including adaptations of Lear and Hamlet. "The Garrick" had wanted to appear last of...

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