Beefsteak Club

Definition

Theater

  • The name of several London clubs frequented by wits and theater people.The first such club was established in about 1705 by the actor Richard Estcourtand had gridiron as its badge. In 1735 the Sublime Society of Steaks was inaugurated when Lord Peterborough dined at the Covent Garden Theatre withits manager, John Rich (see the Riches). Peterborough was so delighted with the steak that he proposed to repeat the dinner every Saturday. The Society continued to meet at Covent Garden until the fire of 1808, when it moved to other premises. The 'Steaks' included many famous actors until its members lost interest - it came to an end in 1867. The modern Beefsteak Club was founded by W. S. Gilbert and others in 1876.
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