By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans
Not like one another, quantity five is a sociological portrait of regularly little humans of their tragic and comedian efforts to accomplish popularity at the London level through the recovery and eighteenth century, while quantity 6 is dominated through the glamour of David Garrick, Nell Gwyn, and Joseph Grimaldi, the distinguished clown. a few 250 portraits individualize the nice and small of the theatres of London.
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They resolved to part but remained friends. After his marriage to Eva Maria Veigel Garrick avoided speaking of the association. Garrick opened his first season at Drury Lane under the management of the charming and irresponsible Charles Fleetwood on 5 October 1742 playing Chamont in The Orphan. He was the least experienced of the principals in the excellent company of 58 actors and actresses, among them: John Beard, Delane, Mr and Mrs Mills, Havard, Yates, Macklin, Mrs Clive, Mrs and Miss Macklin, Mrs Pritchard, Miss Young, and, of course and especially, Peg Woffington.
Rejecting the Davenant alteration of Macbeth, which was current, and basing his text on that of Theobald, Garrick also consulted both Johnson and Warburton. He thus thoughtfully prepared an acting text which, despite some crucial cuts like the banishment of the porter at the gate was much closer to Shakespeare's original than anything which had been seen since before 1660. Garrick in the title part, supported by the magnificent Lady Macbeth of Hannah Pritchard, earned enormous praise, and Macbeth remained one of his most affecting characters until Mrs Pritchard's death in 1768, after which he relinquished it to others.
His interpretation of the character was greatly successful and remained one of his two or three best comedy roles for the rest of his career. 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.