William Havard - Actor and Playwright

Personal data
Born 1710 ca.
in Dublin

Died 1778
Biography

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.

  • 1. Nicoll, A. (1927). A History of English Drama, 1660-1900. p. 83
Life with Boswell

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