Thursday, 18 August 2016

#plaque366 Joseph Grimaldi

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

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Be a Clown, Be a Clown!

The Father of Modern Clowning, Exmouth Market EC1

Joseph Grimaldi is said to haunt the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – visible only to the actors on the stage, so one legend has it. Perhaps less well-known is that the great Italian entertainer was actually a born Londoner – arriving into the world at Clare Market in the year 1778. The market was torn down in 1900 – it was situated between The Strand and Drury Lane and parts of the London School of Economics now occupy the site.

Grimaldi introduced the concept of the pantomime dame to the English stage and had his memoirs edited by Charles Dickens. He first took to the stage at the age of two in 1780 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

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