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John Philip Kemble (1757-1823) - Part 2

He made his London debut in September 1783 as Hamlet on Drury Lane, where he was based for the next twenty years, during which time he played an estimated 120 characters. He clearly preferred playing tradegies rather than comedies especially Coriolanus and Hamlet becoming acknowledged as an authority on Shakespeare.

He married Priscilla Brereton, the widow of an actor and an actress in her own right in December 1787 and the two appeared together on stage a number of times.