Macready, William Charles (1793-1873), was born in London. His father, lessee and manager of several provincial theatres, sent him to Rugby and Oxford, intending him for the bar, but from lack of funds he had to join his father's company in Birmingham (1810). In 1816 he appeared in Covent Garden, and played with success in America in 1826, and in Paris in 1828. He became manager of Covent Garden in 1837, and of Drury Lane 1842. but, owing to his losses, had to give up. He revisited America from 1849 to 1851.