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Playbill for Hamlet
A playbill for Hamlet, starring David Garrick, 3rd November 1756 .
A playbill for Hamlet, starring David Garrick, 3rd November 1756
During this period, it was common for playbills like this one to be posted locally to advertise a single evening of drama. The lead actor, David Garrick was a well known performer, manager and writer of the 1700s. He is often credited with ensuring Shakespeare's 18th century survival and reputation, acting in a variety of Shakespearean roles, abridging some of the plays and organising the Shakespeare Jubilee in 1769.
Hamlet was perhaps his most famous role.