During the forty years of his stage career--1827-67--Charles Kean was an important figure in the theatrical activity of England and America. Kean made four American theatrical tours covering eight seasons, fully one-fifth of his career. Earlier studies of Kean have concentrated primarily on studies of his period of management at the Princess's Theatre, reconstructions of his productions done during that period, analysis of his acting career, or Kean's influence on other directorial figures. The current study chronicles the American theatrical tours of Charles Kean. Local newspapers, playbills in various collections, scrapbooks kept by the Keans and others, and the letters of Charles and Ellen Kean in the Folger Shakespeare Library and other collections were used to form a chronology of performances, an assessment of popular appeal, and a compilation of critical commentary. The Keans' letters provided their personal perspective on the tours. The study is basically chronological in organization. Chapter I introduces the methods and materials used. Chapter II places Kean in the theatrical context of the nineteenth century. Chapter III surveys Kean's first American theatrical tour--1830-33--during which he experimented with new roles and developed his performance skills. Chapter IV details the second tour--1839-40--in which Kean was beset by illness and misfortune. Chapter V covers the third tour~1845-47---which reflected the influence of Kean's wife on his repertory and introduced American audiences to his historical stagings of Shakespeare. Chapter IV surveys the fourth tour--1864-66--during which Kean acted in roles representative of the breadth of his career. The Appendices provide a chronology of all confirmed performances by Charles Kean in America.