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Kenney, James, 1780-1849 (playwright)



James Kenney (1780-1849), dramatist, was born in Ireland. He was employed in the banking-house of Herries, Farquhar and Co., where he became involved in private threatrical works. Thereafter, he became a successful writer of farces and comedies for the stage. Kenney's works include Raising the wind (1803), Turn him out, a musical (1812), and Sweethearts and wives, a drama (1823). He died at Brompton on 25 July 1849.

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[James Kenney]: The Irish Ambassador

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4536
Scope and Contents

A play in two acts, 61 folios. The present copy, which lacks the author's name, contains a list of the cast, including [Tyrone] Power and Miss E[llen] Tree in the leading parts of Sir Patrick O'Plenigo and Lady Emily Delawney. According to the Dictionary of national biography, Power appeared in this part at the Haymarket Theatre, London, in 1840. The paper is watermarked 1838. On fo. 34: 'Elsher Shaw'.

Dates: 1840 (Circa)
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