David Garricks last dramatic composition was a curtain raiser featuring songs performed on 28 April 1777 (the year after his retirement) at the annual Drury Lane benefit for the Theatrical Fund for decayed actors. The piece is not mentioned in the modern edition or the standard biography, but it survives in manuscript in the Folger Shakespeare Library. Folger MS W.b. 461 is a scribal copy emended in at least three hands. Several of the additions and revisions are in Garricks handwriting. The full text is printed here with textual apparatus, annotation identifying allusions and the performers, and a brief account of Garricks late-life devotion to the charitable purposes of the Theatrical Fund.
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