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A Rake's Progress
on 4 February 2018
David Garrick, Dr Johnson, Beau Brummell...yes, all familiar names from Georgian England. Samuel Foote...no....
Yet Foote was in his day up there with the best of them, a performer and wit and impresario who enchanted London. The fact that scandal, rumour and innuendo trailed in his wake for years had little negative effect upon his box office, and even when a cruel prank played upon him caused the loss of a leg, Foote managed to turn it to commercial advantage.
So, where did it all go wrong? Why do we know nothing of him today?
Ian Kelly, himself an actor, is one of our most respected writers on the characters and foibles of this era, and his account of Foote's chaotic career is totally absorbing.