The Man Who Demolished Shakespeare’s Last Home

Gastrell. Image: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

In 1742 the actors David Garrick and Charles Macklin, were sitting drinking wine with Sir Hugh Clopton under the huge mulberry tree in New Place’s great garden. They were celebrating the 27 year old Garrick’s acting debut in London, as King Richard III, just a few days before. The great garden stretched down to the river’s edge, where the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) sits today, with Shakespeare’s old…



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