David Garrick
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"David Garrick" was an English actor, playwright, Actor-manager/theatre manager and producer who influenced nearly all aspects of theatrical practice throughout the 18th century and was a pupil and friend of Dr Samuel Johnson. He appeared in a number of amateur theatricals, and with his appearance in the title role of Shakespeare's Richard III (play)/Richard III audiences and managers began to take notice.

Impressed by his portrayals of Richard III and a number of other roles, Charles Fleetwood (manager)/Charles Fleetwood engaged Garrick for a season at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He remained with the Drury Lane company for the next five years and purchased a share of the theatre with James Lacy. This purchase inaugurated 29 years of Garrick's management of the Drury Lane, during which time it rose to prominence as one of the leading theatres in Europe. At his death, three years after his retirement from Drury Lane and the stage, he was given a lavish public funeral at Westminster Abbey where he was laid in Poets' Corner.

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I've that within - for which there are no plasters.

You are indebted to you imagination for three-fourths of your importance.

Heaven sends us good meat, but the Devil sends cooks.

The boughs that bear most hang lowest.

Corrupted freemen are the worst of slaves.

A fellow-feeling makes one wondrous kind.

Let others hail the rising sun:I bow to that whose course is run.

Wonders will never cease.