David Garrick

British actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer (1717–1779)

David Garrick (19 February 1717 – 20 January 1779) was an English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer. He was born in Hereford, but moved to Lichfield as a child. He was important in European theatrical practice in the 18th century. He was a pupil and friend of Samuel Johnson.

He managed the Theatre Royal, in Drury Lane, London for 29 years. He acted in and produced Shakespeare's plays and made them much more popular.

Samuel Johnson said "his profession made him rich and he made his profession respectable."[1]


  1. "Garrick, David", 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, vol. 11, retrieved 2023-07-18