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Garrick talk offers fascinating insight into the rise of the 'celebrity'

Posted on 24/05/2017 by Helga Pearson in bowes museum david garrick

Eminent art historian Dr Véronique Gerard Powell will be offering a unique insight into the career of 18th century acting superstar David Garrick at a talk held at the Theatre’s Paul Iles Learning Centre on Monday 5 June at 7.30pm.

Dr Gerard Powell from the University of Paris-Sorbonne is a guest curator at the Bowes Museum and has helped put together the current exhibition that marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of this famous English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer who revolutionised nearly all aspects of theatrical practice throughout the Georgian period.


Central to the exhibition are two paintings by Johann Zoffany that were recently acquired by the Museum. These works of art were commissioned by Garrick and show ‘David Garrick and Mrs Cibber as Jaffier and Belvidera in Venice Preserv’d’ and ‘David Garrick and Mary Bradshaw in David Garrick’s The Farmer’s Return’.


Dr Gerard Powell will discuss how these paintings, together with various engravings and mezzotints, can help us to better understand Garrick's extraordinary talent and the vitality of British theatre in the 18th century.  She will also consider how artists depicted ‘theatrical action’, and how these representations reflect the emerging phenomenon of ‘celebrity'.


Tickets for the Theatre talk cost £5 and include a glass of wine. They are available from the Theatre’s Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service on this website.

The exhibition ‘Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action’ runs at the Bowes Museum until 9 July 2017.

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