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James Lacy

(1696—1774) actor and theatre manager


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(1696–1774) Irish actor and manager, the original Robin of Bagshot in Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Fustian in Fielding's Pasquin, and Sourwit in Fielding's Historical Register. Lacy was the first person imprisoned under the Stage Licensing Act of 1737 for his unlicensed ‘oratories’ critical of Walpole's Spanish policy. In the early 1740s he was a planner of Ranelagh Gardens, and is reputed to have designed the famous Rotunda. In 1744 he bought into the Drury Lane management, and in 1747 persuaded Garrick to join him as co-manager.

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