David Garrick 300 events

David Garrick is 300 years old this year, born on February 19 1717. Although born in Hereford he soon moved to Lichfield (see my recent blog post for full history) where he met Samuel Johnson before travelling down to London to find fame and fortune.

To celebrate Garrick’s tercentenary I’ve compiled a list of all the events happening around the country from art gallery exhibitions to May Day celebrations and from Teeside in the north of England, via his ‘home’ city of Lichfield, to his beloved Temple in Hampton, London!

Thursday 24 February 2017

The Undisputed Monarch of the English Stage – an all day symposium
At: William Shipley Group for RSA History, Cavendish Square, London
Web link: William Shipley Group

Thursday 24 February 2017

Glorious Garrick! – children‘s activity for half-term week
At: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Lichfield, Staffordshire
Web link: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

8 April to 9 July 2017

Painting the theatre – Garrick in Action – exhibition of paintings incl Johan Zoffery
At: The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham
Web link: The Bowes Museum – exhibition

Wednesday 26 April 2017

David Garrick and the Theatre in the 18th century – a talk by Laurence Sach
At: The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham
Web link: The Bowes Museum – talk

Monday May 1 2017

Garrick 300th birthday – May Day celebration – family May Day event and activities
At: Garrick’s Temple, Hampton, London
Web link: Garrick’s Temple

Monday May 1 2017

Garrick 300 Community Party – family performance and arts for Staffordshire Day
At: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum & market square, Lichfield, Staffordshire
Web link: Samuel Johnson Garrick 300

From now until May 1 2017

David Garrick – Book Collector  – display of books in Garrick’s collection
At: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London
Web link: Victoria and Albert Museum

Sunday 20 August 2017

Garrick, Sam and George! – costumed walk through Lichfield telling story of Garrick
At: Lichfield city centre, Staffordshire
Web link: Jono’s tours and talks

Throughout 2017

Various performances and events to celebrate Garrick’s 300
At: The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield, Staffordshire
Web link: Lichfield Garrick