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Kemp, Williamlocked

(d. in or after 1610?)
  • Martin Butler


Kemp, William (fl. 1585–1602), actor, was the most important stage clown working in the late Elizabethan period. He was the original performer of some of Shakespeare's most famous comic roles, but contemporaries knew him best as a maker of jigs and merriments, of which the most celebrated was his feat, performed in 1600, of dancing a morris from ...

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