Roger Kemble (1722 - 1802) MP

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Birthplace: 28-29 Church St, Hereford
Death: Died
Occupation: Barrister turned Actor
Managed by: Margaret, (C)
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About Roger Kemble

Roger Kemble (March 1, 1721– December 6, 1802) was an English theatre manager, strolling player and actor. In 1753, he married actress Sarah "Sally" Ward (1735–1807) at Cirencester, Gloucester, and they had twelve children, who formed the great Kemble family of 19th-century actors and actresses. He was born in Herefordshire. Kemble’s first entered the theatre by joining Smith's company at Canterbury in 1752. Later he acted at Birmingham under the management of John Ward, whose daughter he would eventually marry. Upon Ward's retirement, Roger took on his first management position by taking over the management of the theatre at Leominster (1766). He formed a traveling theatrical company soon after his marriage to Sarah Ward, and subsequently she and their children toured with the company for the next fifteen years. Five of Kemble's children and many of his grandchildren became famous actors. The oldest of their 12 children, Sarah Siddons, became the most famous. She first appeared as Ariel in The Tempest with her father's company in Coventry in 1766. In 1767 the actor William Siddons joined the company whom Sarah married in 1773, returning to the stage as Mrs. Siddons. As primarily a theatre manager, Roger Kemble never became as famous as his children, although he scored a success at the Haymarket Theatre, London, where in 1788 he appeared as Falstaff in Shakespeare’s King Henry IV and in the Miller of Mansfield.

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Roger Kemble's Timeline

1722
1722
Hereford
1753
1753
Age 31
Cirencester, Gloucs.
1755
July 5, 1755
Age 33
1755
Age 33
1757
February 1, 1757
Age 35
Lancashire, UK
1758
April 21, 1758
Age 36
Kington, County of Herefordshire, UK
1759
1759
Age 37
1761
1761
Age 39
1763
1763
Age 41
1764
1764
Age 42