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A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Volume 6, Garrick to by Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans PDF

By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

ISBN-10: 0809308339

ISBN-13: 9780809308330

Unlike one another, quantity five is a sociological portrait of ordinarily little humans of their tragic and comedian efforts to accomplish status at the London degree through the recovery and eighteenth century, while quantity 6 is dom­inated by way of the glamour of David Gar­rick, Nell Gwyn, and Joseph Grimaldi, the distinguished clown. a few 250 por­traits individualize the good and small of the theatres of London.

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Lacy (as Garrick contended) had not only refused to honor those provisions, cheating Garrick of his arrears in salary, but had also insisted that he play as often as Lacy thought proper, and even suggested a reduction in salary. Garrick was further incensed by Lacy's false charge that the actor had in the previous season played infrequently and had added too few new parts. Angry and unpleasant correspondence ensued. But the altercation at least gave Garrick a chance to escape London for a while.

W}hen after long and eager expectation I first beheld little Garrick, then young and light and alive in every muscle and in every feature, come bounding on the stage, and pointing at the wittol Altamont {Lacy Ryan} and heavy-paced Horatio heavens, what a transition! it seemed as if a whole century had been stept over in the transition of a single scene; old things were done away, and a new order at once brought forward, bright and luminous, and clearly destined to dispel the barbarisms and bigotry of a tasteless age.

Page 19 During the season Garrick had the difficult duty of staging Samuel Johnson's stately but frigid tragedy Irene, which went off well enough the first night until the heroine was to have been strangled with a bowstring. Cries of "Murder! " went up from the wits in the galleries, and Mrs Pritchard had to retreat to the wings alive. Garrick loyally kept the piece on the boards through the traditional (third, sixth, and ninth) author's nights. A more successful feature of the season was the revival of Romeo and Juliet, with Barry and Mrs Cibber.

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