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David Garrick and the Birth of Modern Theatre

David Garrick and the Birth of Modern Theatre $29.99, $22.49 (25% off)

Jean Benedetti

Published by Methuen

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A lively biography of the father of modern theatre that concentrates on his acting style and his pivotal reforms to both acting and directing

Actor, director, impresario, author, David Garrick reformed English theatre practice, established a 'natural' style of acting, and made the profession socially acceptable

As his great friend Dr Johnson remarked, no actor before Garrick had made so much money or achieved such an eminent position in society

Not for nothing is one of the most exclusive clubs in London named after him

Garrick was the first international 'megastar'

Drawing on the large amount of source material that is available, from the account of Johnson's friendship with Garrick in Boswell's Life, through descriptions of his acting by English, French and German critics, to his own diaries and letters, Jean-Norman Benedetti has written a lively and fascinating account of Garrick's style and pivotal reforms, establishing his place in the development of acting and directing

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