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Roger Kemble

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: 28-29 Church St, Hereford
Death: December 6, 1803 (82)
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown Kemble
Husband of Sarah "Kelly" Kemble
Father of Sarah Kemble Siddons; John Philip Kemble; George Stephen Kemble; Frances Twiss; Elizabeth Whitlock and 8 others

Occupation: Barrister turned Actor
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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

March 1, 1721
July 5, 1755
Age 34
The Shoulder of Mutton Inn ,Brecon, South Wales
February 1, 1757
Age 35
Lancashire, UK
April 21, 1758
Age 37
Kington, County of Herefordshire, UK
December 28, 1759
Age 38
Hereford, Herefordshire, England
April 2, 1761
Age 40
Warrington, Lancashire, England
Age 41
April 29, 1764
Age 43
Worcester, Worcestershire
July 4, 1765
Age 44
Hereford, Herefordshire, England