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John Philip Kemble (1757-1823) - Part 1

John Philip Kemble was born in Prescot on 1st February 1757, the second child of Roger Kemble the actor. At the age of ten he was sent to Sedgeley Roman Catholic School in Staffordshire with a view to becoming a priest, but left after four years.

He made his acting debut at Wolverhampton in January 1776 when he joined Chamberlain's Company and toured the country playing a wide range of roles and venues. He wrote his own adaptations to many of the well known plays but these rarely appeared in print and were often only performed on a handful of occasions.