Kemble, Charles

BORN 25 Nov 1775, Brecon, Brecknockshire - DIED 12 Nov 1854, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (055/PS (11981))

Youngest son of the actor Roger Kemble and brother of the great actors John Philip Kemble and Sarah Sidons. He became a succesful actor himself who played a very wide range of roles.

He debuted as Malcolm in MacBeth at the Drury Lane Theatre on April 21, 1794. Kemble played many Shakespearean roles, but he was at his best in comedies. He married the dancer Marie-Thérèse de Camp (1774-1838) and their daughters Fanny and Adelaide both became famous as well.

From 1822 onwards Kemble was the manager of the Covent Garden Theatre. He nearly went bankrupt, but Fanny's appearance on the stage in 1829 became a tremendous succes and saved him from ruin.

In 1832 he left for the US to tour the main cities with Fanny. In 1836 he said farewell to the public at the Haymarket, but in 1840 he returned for a few nights at Covent Garden. In 1844 and 1845 he gave readings from the work of Shakespeare.

• Daughter: Kemble, Fanny
• Daughter: Kemble, Adelaide
• Son: Kemble, John Mitchell

Related persons
• is brother/sister of Siddons, Sarah
• cooperated with Smithson, Harriet

21/4/1794Debut of Charles Kemble at Drury Lane. He played the part of Malcolm in "MacBeth". 
25/1/1830Fanny Kemble appears in "The Grecian Daughter" at Covent Garden. It was her second appearance as Euphrasia in this play. Charles Kemble played Evander. [Kemble, Fanny]
28/4/1830Fanny Kemble appears in "Isabella: or, The Fatal Marriage" at Covent Garden. It was her first appearance as Isabella in thay play. Charles Kemble played Biron. [Kemble, Fanny]
23/12/1836Charles Kemble leaves the stage. His last appearance was as Benedick in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing". He left the stage but returned one more time on 10 Apr 1840. 


The grave of Charles Kemble and his daughter Fanny Kemble at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (10 Aug 1997)


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• Vincent, Benjamin, Haydn's Dictionary of Dates, and Universal Information, Ward, Lock & Co, London, 1906
Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
• Schöne, Günter, Bühnenstars, Florian Noetzel, Wilhelmshaven, 1998
Charles Kemble - Wikipedia

Kemble, Fanny

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 5 Mar 2017