William Havard - Actor and Playwright

William Havard

Born ca. 1710 in Dublin
Died 1778


Actor and dramatist. Son of a vintner.

Havard wrote several plays including King Charles the First (1736/7 - written in imitation of Shakespeare) and the tragedies Scanderbeg (1732/3) and Regulus (1743/4). Scanderbeg was performed two times at the Theatre in Goodman's Fields, and according to one source was an utter failure.1 He was an actor at Drury Lane for most of his career.

He is buried in the courtyard of "the actors' church" St. Pauls Church, next to Covent Garden.

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell was at a meeting in the Beefsteak Club on November 27, 1762, at which Havard was also present.


Note 1: Nicoll, A. (1927). A History of English Drama, 1660-1900. p. 83