Garrick Club

Definition

Theater

  • A London club in which "actors and men of education andrefinement might meet on equal terms". The Duke of Sussex establishedit in 1831 in honour of David Garrick. It houses an extensivelibrary, theatrical memorabilia, and a collection of theatrical portraits,including the painting by John Zoffany of Garrick and Susanna Cibber(see Cibber family).

    Membership of the Garrick Club is restricted to 700, and isonly open to men. Among the first members were Charles Kemble, WilliamMacready, and Charles Mathews; later members included Henry Irving,Beerbohm Tree, Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud,and Alec Guinness.

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