Edmund Kean
(1787-1833)

Died aged c. 46

Edmund Kean (4 November 1787 – 15 May 1833) was a celebrated British Shakespearean stage actor born in England, who performed in London, Belfast, New York, Quebec, and Paris among other places. He was well known for his short stature, tumultuous personal life, and controversial divorce.

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Commemorated on 6 plaques

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Edmund Kean 1787-1833 Noted tragic actor performed frequently at the theatre in this Corn Exchange

The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom where they performed

This building was formerly the Tunbridge Wells theatre, built in 1802 by Sarah Baker. Many actors, later famous, played here, including Edmund Kean and Charles Kemble. Before the alteration of the county boundary, the theatre had the stage in Sussex and the auditorium in Kent. It later became the Corn Exchange. The building was extensively re-constructed in 1989.

Pantiles Lower Walk, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom where they played

The original Theatre Royal stood on this site from 7th February 1815 to 10th May 1936 when it was destroyed by fire. Many famous actors performed here including Charles Kemble, Mrs Dora Jordan, Joseph Grimaldi, Edmund Kean, William Charles Macready and Mrs Beerbohm Tree.

Theatre Royal, St James Street, King's Lynn, United Kingdom where they performed

In this court in the 18th century stood the Fountain Tavern where the political opponents of Sir Robert Walpole met using the title of the Fountain Club Also the Coal Hole the meeting place of the Wolf Club of which about 1826 Edmund Kean was a leading member

Strand, London, United Kingdom where they was

THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE. Kendal's first purpose-built theatre, designed by local architect John Richardson, was opened at the top of this yard in 1829. The nationally famous actor Edmund Kean played here in 1832 but general poverty in the town and opposition from Quakers, Presbyterians and Temperance groups forced its closure after five years. It continued in use as a ballroom for many years and was converted to church in 1994.

Highgate, Kendal, United Kingdom where they acted (1832)

Theatre Royal. This wall is most of what remains of the 320-seat Theatre Royal, opened on 20th August 1792 by Samuel Butler's touring company, which included Edmund Kean among its actors. Another famous actor, George Bennett, was born nearby in 1800. The building, later a military riding school and a drill hall, was mostly destroyed by fire in 1918.

?, Ripon, United Kingdom where they acted