David Garrick

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His concept of ?experiencing' the feelings of the character, is a concept that helped lead 18th-century theatre into a new naturalistic era. It was an approach to acting that was directly at odds with the theatrical philosophy prior to Garrick's inception (Stone and Kahrl 35). Garrick's innovative style known as naturalism, led the extremely popular and successful actor James Quin to remark " If this [method of Garrick's] is right, then we are all wrong" ( Cole and Chinoly 131)...
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The style that was so admired and later copied by Garrick's peers was a combination of naturalism, classical representation of the passions, and exaggerated physicality. Garrick was not the originator of naturalism ,that distinction is Charles Mackilin's, although he is credited with its success. Pure naturalism can be characterized by Macklin's instruction of his players to ignore the cadence of tragedy, but simply speak the passage as you would in common life and with more emotional force (Cole and Chinoly 121)...
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