English dramatist and actor-manager. Joining the company at the Theatre Royal in 1690, Cibber became successful as a comedian, playing the fops of Restoration comedy. His first play, Love's Last Shift (1696), is a landmark in the history of the theater and is regarded as the first sentimental comedy. Of his 30 dramas, She Wou'd and She Wou'd Not (1702), The Careless Husband (1704), and The Nonjuror (1717) are the most notable. From 1710 to 1740 he was the manager of Drury Lane. He was appointed poet laureate in 1730. An extremely unpopular, social-climbing, and insolent man, he was ridiculed by the critics and bitterly attacked by Pope, who made him the hero of the final version of The Dunciad. Samuel Johnson wrote an ode to him:
'Augustus still survives in Maro's strain
And Spenser's voice prolongs Eliza's reign
Great George's acts let tuneful Cibber sing
For nature formed the poet for the king'
Cibber's Apology (1740) is a mine of information about the theater of this period. He was, according to later sources, buried in a vault with his parents, and a school later built on the site. The school remains, and apparently the vault may still exist below it! However, the burial Ground at Grosvener Chapel in Mayfair (now the Mount St Gardens) also claims his remains.
Danish Church (destroyed)
City of London
Greater London, England
Plot: vault below chancel (disputed)
Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: Oct 17, 2005
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May you rest in peace.|
Added: Dec. 29, 2010
May you be comforted by the sound of childrens' laughter.|
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