By the end of his life, the actor Charles Kemble (1775-1854) had performed in over eighty theatre productions. He began his acting career playing parts in country towns in the North of England. Later he moved to London where he had a successful run at Covent Garden, and in 1822, he was given a large share of the company's ownership and full management. This was to be a ruinous gift and he was accused of 'sacrificing the higher drama to melodrama and spectacle'. His daughter, Miss Fanny Kemble's popularity as an actress saved the company from bankruptcy. Kemble and his daughter performed all over the world, including a tour of America.