As time went on, Kemble succeeded Ward in the management of little troupe of players who ranged the counties of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, and these formed the chief part of the West-Midland theatrical circuit.
The Kemble Company played at the King's Head, Worcester in 1767 and stayed for weeks, when five members of the Kemble family, including the young Sarah, appeared in an historical drama Charles the First.
This was billed as follows:
Worcester 12th February, 1767
Mr.Kemble's Company of Comedians.
At the Theatre at the Kings Head, this evening will be performed a
Concert of Music (to begin exactly at Six 0'clock). Tickets to be had at the usual places.
Between the Parts of the Concert will be presented gratis, a celebrated historical play
(never performed here) called
CHARLES THE FIRST
The Characters to be dressed in the ancient habits, according to the fashion of those times.
The Part of King Charles, by Mr.Jones;
Duke of Richmond, Mr.Siddons;
Marquis of Lindsey, Mr.Salisbury;
Bishop Juxon, Mr.Fowler;
General Fairfax, Mr.Kemble;
Colonel Tomlinson, Mr.Hughes;
The Part of Oliver Cromwell, Mr.Vaughan;
James, Duke of York (afterwards King of England); Master J.Kemble;
Duke of Gloucester (King Charle's younger son) Miss Fanny Kemble;
Sergeant Bradshaw (Judge of the pretended High Court of Justice), Mr.Burton;
The Young Princess Elizabeth, Miss Kemble;
Lady Fairfax, Mrs Kemble;
The part of the Queen, Mrs Vaughan;
Singing between the Acts by Mrs Fowler and Miss Kemble. To which will be added a comedy called
Mr.Jones was the star of the Kemble Company and when Master John Kemble came to play major roles he used to announce that he would play them 'after the manner of Mr.Jones', so that the audiences should not think him overvain or ambitious.
Miss Kemble continued the custom of singing a comic song between the acts of a tragedy. It was thought that her gifts were more suitable to comedy; and her brother John declared her to be 'the finest comic singer in the world'.