The Garrick Club

Wednesday 13 May
Tour Duration:
10am – 12pm
Tour Price:
£30 per person (includes tea/coffee & biscuits)

We are grateful to have this rare opportunity to visit the Garrick Club to learn about its history and study highlights of the magnificent painting collection that adorns the club’s walls, the largest and most significant collection of British theatrical works of art in the world.

Founded in 1831, the Garrick Club was set up by a diverse group of founding members that included peers of the realm as well as writers, actors, musicians and publishers, whose aim was to combine the traditions of an 18th century literary society with a more contemporary dining and social club.

The Club was named after the pioneering 18th century actor, David Garrick (1717-1779) who, with his revolutionary and exciting new style of acting, was a pivotal figure in the development of the art of acting and theatre management history. The club’s world-class collection of theatrical works consists of over a thousand paintings, drawings and sculptures including important works by Johan Zoffany RA, Thomas Lawrence PRA and John Everett Millais PRA. 

The collection continues to grow with additions of more contemporary works including portraits of Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Michael Gambon and Sir Tom Courtenay, which comfortably hang alongside portraits of actors such as Henry Irving, David Garrick, Sarah Siddons and Dame Gladys Cooper.

Image credit: Image courtesy of the Garrick Club.

Need to know

Meeting point: The Garrick Club, 15 Garrick Street, London, WC2E 9AY
Nearest tube station: Leicester Square
Dress code applies:  details with booking confirmation