Shop  |  Calendar  |  Join  |  Buy Tickets  |  Hamnet  |  Site Rental  |  Press Room  
About UsWhat's OnUse the CollectionDiscover ShakespeareTeach & LearnFolger InstituteSupport Us
Folger Exhibitions
• Past Exhibitions
David Garrick
Online Exhibition

   Sign up for E-news!
   Printer Friendly


These pages give financial details for January 3 and January 4, 1750. On Wednesday, with Hamlet as the mainpiece and Savoyard Travellers as the afterpiece, Drury Lane took in £102 6s. 6d. On Thursday, with The Rehearsal and The Chaplet, revenue came to £165 8s. 6d. Expenses those days included extra musicians, contributions to Christmas boxes for the servants of important theater-goers, printers’ bills, and “a coffin for Ophelia.”

Overhead was high, and Garrick’s financial sucess at Drury Lane was no easy feat.  Account books reveal regular expenditures for such staples as pens and candles, not to mention salaries.  While the exact number of employees varied from season to season, Garrick’s company ranged between seventy-five and one hundred performers (not only actors, but also dancers and musicians) and between forty and seventy-five “house servants” (everyone behind the scenes, from carpenters to the head prompter).

The Drury Lane prompter kept a notebook of "Plays etc." performed at the theater. In it, he noted whether particular performances went over well or not in order to help Garrick plan a profitable season.

Next »

Drury Lane Theatre. Journal - receipts and payments. Manuscript, 30 October 1749 - 28 April 1750

Drury Lane Theatre. Plays &c. performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. Manuscript, 1775-76

Bookmark and Share   
     Copyright & Policies   |   Sitemap   |   Contact Us   |   About This Site
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Get directions »

Federal Tax ID #04-2103542
PublicReading Room
10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday8:45am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday
12pm to 5pm, Sunday9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm, Saturday
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623