"the judicious action of a Garrick, of a Cibber, or a Clive"
Colley Cibber as Lord Foppington in The Relapse by John Vanbrugh
Public DomainColley Cibber as Lord Foppington in The Relapse by John Vanbrugh - Credit: John Simon

Colley Cibber (1671 - 1757) was an English actor-manager, playwright and Poet Laureate.  He wrote 25 plays for his own company at Drury Lane, half of which were adapted from various sources.  Robert Lowe and Alexander Pope bemoaned his ‘miserable mutilation’ of Moliere and Shakespeare. 

As an actor, he had great popular success in comical fop parts, but was much ridiculed for his attempts at tragedy.  He was brash and extroverted, and came under criticism for tasteless theatre productions, shady business methods, and social and political opportunism.  He was the chief target, the head Dunce, of Alexander Pope's satirical poem Dunciad. 

Cibber’s memoir, Apology for the Life of Colley Cibber (1740) describes his life in a personal, anecdotal and rambling style.