Identification: MSS 099, F803
Creator: Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868.
Title: Charles Kean letter to J. Webster
Inclusive Dates: 1839 March 3
Extent: 1 item (3 pp.)
Abstract: Autograph letter from English actor and theater manager Charles Kean to J. Webster.
Language: Materials entirely in English.
MSS 099, F803, Charles Kean letter to J. Webster, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.
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Son of noted actor Edmund Kean, Charles Keane (1811–1868) began acting at a young age to support his mother after his father left the family. Despite early criticism, Keane rose to prominence and won success with an 1838 production of Hamlet. He married fellow actress Ellen Tree in 1848 and eventually became known as one of most versatile actors of his era. The Keans managed the Princesses's Theater where they became known for meticulously staged plays incorporating innovations in production techniques.
M. Glen Wilson, "Kean, Charles John (1811–1868)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/15203 (accessed August, 16 2007).
Autograph letter signed from Charles Keane to J. Webster. Kean mentions engagements in Dublin and America.
Charles Kean letter to J. Webster, 1839 March 3 [Box 53 F810]
Autograph letter signed.