Lichfield Garrick celebrates inaugural Local Theatre Day

The life of David Garrick has been celebrated at the theatre in Lichfield bearing his name.

Cast members from local groups came together to mark the Garrick’s first ever Local Theatre Day.

Local Theatre Day celebrations at the Lichfield Garrick

Local Theatre Day celebrations at the Lichfield Garrick

The theatre’s artistic director, Tim Ford, said: “Local theatre companies are a hugely important part of the artistic programme here.

“Their dedication and passion to their productions is a key part to their success and we look forward each season to welcoming the companies to the Lichfield Garrick and seeing the wonderful productions that they bring to us and the people of Lichfield.

“We really want the Garrick to be at the heart of our community and working with local theatre companies will always be very significant to us – after all there is no better way to celebrate all that is great about the region and to follow in the spirit of David Garrick.”

This was the first Local Theatre Day which will take place on 20 January annually.

Garrick – who died in 1779 – was an actor, playwright and producer who was brought up in the city. As well influencing theatrical practice throughout the 18th Century, he also performed in a number of amateur productions, including Shakespeare’s Richard III, which shot him to fame.

“We are truly blessed in our region to have some of the very best amateur dramatic companies and societies in the UK,” Tim said. “The standard and quality of their work is outstanding.”

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