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Kemble, Roger (1722–1802), actor and theatre manager

Peter Thomson

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Kemble, Roger (1722–1802), actor and theatre manager, was born in Hereford on 1 March 1722, the son of Roger Kemble, a tolerably prosperous barber, respected in Hereford despite the family's Roman Catholicism and rumoured Jacobite sympathies. The Father John Kemble who was executed in 1679 for suspected complicity in the Popish Plot was probably the barber's great-uncle. Nothing, beyond the fact that she had at least four children, is known of the elder ...

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Subjects: Theatre

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