1811 – Charles Kean, actor, is born in Waterford.

Charles Kean was the son of a famous actor of the time, Edmund Kean. Charles was educated at Eton. He went on to act in America and more regularly in London playing a number of Shakespeare’s major characters. He was playing Iago to his father’s Othello in 1833 when the elder Kean collapsed on stage in his final performance. The old man died some days later.

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Photo: Waterford born Charles Kean in 1832 portrayal as Hamlet.

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