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Chronology



Time-line of David Garrick's Life

(adapted, with additions, from The letters of David Garrick. Edited by David M. Little and George M. Kahrl. Harvard University Press, 1963; The Plays of David Garrick. Edited by Harry W. Pedicord and Gredrick L. Bergmann. Southern Illinois University Press, 1981; and David Garrick: A Critical Biography. By George W. Stone, Jr. and George M. Kahrl. Southern Illinois University Press, 1979).

 

For a more detailed timeline with highlights of Garrick's professional career and identification of playbills in the Folger collection, see: "Chronology of Garrick's Professional Career " in the Guide to the Playbills in the Folger Shakespeare Library Relating to the Theatrical Career of David Garrick, 1741–1776, compiled by Joe Donohue.

 

1687

Father, Peter Garrick, arrives in England from France.

1707

Peter Garrick marries Arabella Clough of Lichfield.

1717

David Garrick born in Hereford on February 19.

1717–1737

Childhood and youth in Lichfield, with a brief stay in Lisbon ca. 1728 to learn wine trade from uncle.

1725

Brother, George Garrick, born on August 22.

1735

Attends Edial Hall School, studying under Samuel Johnson.

1737

Travels to London with Samuel Johnson; enrolls at Lincoln's Inn but does not continue in the legal profession.

1738–1741

Pursues the wine trade in London with elder brother, Peter.

1740

First pieces he authored appear on stage: Lethe (at Drury Lane, April 1) and The Lying Valet (at Goodman's Fields, November 30).

1741

Summer season: acts in Ipswich in Farquhar's The Inconstant under the pseudonym "Mr. Lyddall."

1741–42

Debut on the London stage, playing Richard III at Goodman's Fields, October 19; his own name begins appearing on the playbills on November 23rd.

1742

Summer season at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin.

1742–45

Actor at Drury Lane under Fleetwood's management.

1743

With Charles Macklin, leads the actors' walkout at Drury Lane; reinstated at Drury Lane that December.

1745–46

In Dublin as co-manager, with Thomas Sheridan, and actor at Smock Alley Theatre.

1746

Eva Maria Veigel, “La Violette,” arrives from the Continent to dance at the Haymarket Theatre.

1746–47

Actor at Covent Garden under John Rich's management.

1747

Becomes co-manager of Drury Lane, with James Lacy, where he manages and acts until his retirement.

1749

Marries Viennese dancer Eva Maria Veigel, June 22.

1749–72

Makes London home at 27 Southampton Street.

1751

Summer visit to Paris.

1754

Purchases country home, a villa at Hampton.

1763–65

Makes the Grand Tour, with visits to Paris, Turin, Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples (staying for three months), Venice, Munich.

1764

Stricken with typhoid fever in Munich.

1768

Unauthorized The Dramatic Works of David Garrick published in three volumes.

1769

The Shakespeare Jubilee at Stratford, September 6–9.

1772

Moves London home to No. 5, The Adelphi.

1774

The Dramatic Works of David Garrick published in two volumes by R. Bald, T. Blaw and J. Kurt.

1775–76

Farewell season; retires and sells his share of Drury Lane.

1776

In March, incorporates the Theatrical Fund by a bill in Parliament; Final performance as Don Felix in Mrs. Centlivre's The Wonder, June 10.

1779

Dies in London, January 20.

1779

Buried in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, February 1. Roubiliac statue and collection of plays willed to the British Museum.

1779

Brother George dies on February 3, just two days after David Garrick's funeral: "Davy wanted him."

1822

Eva Maria Garrick dies, October 16.

 

 

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