The club was established at York Buildings, Villiers Street, The Strand, by Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729; author and politician), the co-founder with Thomas Addison of the Spectator Magazine. It was inaugurated on the new King’s birthday, 28th May 1715, by a grand banquet and entertainment, partly performed by Addison. The club consisted of 100 gentlemen and as many ladies, “of leading taste and politeness, wit and learning”, who met occasionally to be entertained with “Music, Eloquence and Poetry”. Dramatic performances also took place and it was hoped that the club would have a beneficial influence on the quality of public theatre performances. These passes were issued to each member and were transferable.
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