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09 November 2016
2017 sees the 300th anniversary of the birth of David Garrick, one of the most remarkable sons of the theatrical world, who lived in Lichfield.
The Lichfield Garrick is honouring this great historical figure by running a number of events in the theatre and across the city, under the brand Garrick300. The launch of this year-long celebration took place on in October, with the revealing of a bronze mask of David Garrick’s face designed by local Lichfield artist, Peter Walker.
Tim Ford, Lichfield Garrick’s Artistic Director, commented: “2017 is a really important and exciting year for us here at the Lichfield Garrick as we celebrate the life and times of David Garrick. David Garrick was a revolutionary in the theatre world working as an actor, writer, director, theatre manager and entrepreneur and was a hugely important person to Lichfield.
“We have been working really hard this last year planning some really exciting events and programmes to mark this very special year and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with the brilliant Peter Walker on the sculpture project. We are now hoping dedicated theatre audiences will help us to realise this vision, and asking for contributions towards creating this iconic statue.”
The mask of David Garrick is the start of a journey to incorporate a large scale statue of David Garrick on the outside wall of the theatre. When completed, the 8ft tall statue will have the words of Shakespearean quotes cut through the bronze mask to show how the use of language and the body create the character the actor is portraying. Gentle lighting will be placed behind the sculpture at night to illuminate the text and shine through the cut out shapes to imitate the bringing up of the stage lights during a performance.
“The sculpture celebrates the importance and significance of David Garrick and his international reputation. It will not only act as a lasting tribute to his legacy, but also as a symbol of the importance of theatre, performance and the spoken word which has played a part in many people’s lives for centuries” continued Tim.
The mask, and a number of illustrations by Peter Walker of the development of the David Garrick mask, are on display in the Lichfield Garrick’s upper bar.
Look out for further details events and celebrations of Garrick300 in the coming months, including a new Youth Theatre performance and a new community musical.
The Lichfield Garrick will be running a series of fundraising events throughout 2017. If you would like to get involved or find out how to make a donation towards the creation of the David Garrick statue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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