Edmund Kean green plaque in Kendal

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.

Edmund Kean (4 November 1787 – 15 May 1833) was an English actor, regarded in his time as the greatest ever.

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