Monday, 29 August 2016

#plaque366 Garrick

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

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David Garrick was the first actor to be buried at Westminster Abbey (1779) – only Shakespeare and Henry Irving can lay claim to being more celebrated in the London landscape.

A club, a theatre and a street all carry his name. Legend has it that he was the inspiration for the theatrical good luck wish “Break a leg!” – having been so engrossed in a portrayal of Richard III that he failed to notice that he had sustained a fracture.

Such a character was never going to have a mere blue disk to his memory. This outlandish plaque (pictured) adorns his former London home in Covent Garden – close to Drury Lane and the Theatre Royal with which he is so strongly associated.

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