2. 18th Century
The first new collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays since the
Folios, edited by the dramatist Nicholas Rowe, published. The 6-volume
set is in octavo, and includes engraved illustrations which draw on contemporary
Sir William Davenant granted a warrant to act several of Shakespeare’s plays. Davenant is also granted a Patent for an acting company, known as the Duke ’s Company. He claimed to be Shakespeare’s godson.
A wholly new collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, edited by the lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson, published. Johnson recognised the importance of the First Folio as a source near to Shakespeare himself. His 8-volume set is in octavo.
The actor David Garrick organises a Shakespeare Jubilee, an entertainment held in Stratford-upon-Avon, to celebrate the life and works of the great dramatist. The entertainment is repeated at the Drury Lane Theatre with great success.
David Garrick, a great Hamlet, made his own adaptation of Shakespeare's play.
His last appearance in the role was at Drury Lane in 1776.
John Philip Kemble makes his London debut at the Drury Lane Theatre in the
title-role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Kemble took leading roles
in many of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as adapting several of them.
A new collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, edited by the scholar Edmond Malone, published. Malone recognised the importance of the quarto texts which preceded the First Folio. His 10-volume set is in octavo.
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