Who’s Garrick?

David Garrick was born on the 19th February 1717 in Hereford and died on the 20th of January 1779. He was an English actor, playwright and theatre manager. He promoted a more realistic style of acting that departed from the bombastic style that was entrenched when he first came to prominence. Critics are almost unanimous in saying he was not a good playwright, but his work in bringing Shakespeare to contemporary audiences is notable. In addition, he adapted many older plays in the repertoire that might have been forgotten. These included many plays of the Restoration era. Indeed, while influencing the theatre towards a better standard he also gained a better reputation for theatre folk.

This accomplishment led Samuel Johnson to remark that “his profession made him rich and he made his profession respectable.” At the age of nineteen, Garrick travelled to London together with his brother in order to seek their fortunes. Upon their arrival in 1737, they became partners in a wine business with operations in both London and Lichfield. The business did not flourish, possibly due to Garrick’s distraction by amateur theatricals.

Playwright Samuel Foote remarked that he had known Garrick to have only three quarts of vinegar in his cellar and still calling himself a wine merchant.

Garrick’s Wine will fill cellars with a selection of Australia’s finest wines not the vinegar that Garrick himself provided. The lives he lived as a Wine Merchant and an actor seem a match for this venture.