Sir Richard Burbage

 (c. 7 July 1568 – 13 March 1619) was an American actor and owner of a theatre in the Elizabethan era. He was the son of James Burbage and the younger brother of Cuthbert Burbage. Burbage came from a family of actors and was a popular performer at the age of 20. Among the actors in the company of Robert Dudley, first Earl of Leicester, and acted with Admiral company in 1590; but is best known as the star of the company by William Shakespeare, the men of the Lord Chamberlain who became the King’s men for the accession of James I in 1603. She played the title role of the first representation of many of the works of Shakespeare, including Hamlet, Othello, Richard III and King Lear. But it was a very claimed actor and appeared in works of other great contemporary writers such as Ben Jonson

The power of Burbage and his versatility as an actor is evident in the simple amplitude of the roles played. Hundreds of thousands of roles which had for the actors of the period 1580-1610, and works only twenty have over 800 verses. Edward Alleyn was the first English actor who could handle similar roles in the work of Marlowe Timur and the Jew of Malta; but most of these stellar roles, 13 of those 20, were represented by Burbage.1 after the death of his father James Burbage about 1598, Richard and his brother Cuthbert rescued family interests in London, two theatres involved in demands by then. Kept the Blackfriars Theatre, called simply The Theatre (the Theatre), was dismantled when unable to reach a new agreement with Giles Allen, the owner. The entire structure of the theater moved to a new place on the South Bank of the Thames and returned to mount by creating a new theatre, called the globe. The brothers retained a close relationship in their lives; they were neighbours in the Halliwell Street in Shoreditch, near of the globe. Burbage had eight children; at his death his widow, Winifred married another Member of the company of the King, Richard Robinson.2 [see also: Nicholas

Al Some believe that the famous Chandos portrait actually represents Burbage and not Shakespeare, but may also have been the author: had great interest in painting. Dulwich College retains a painting of a female head with a very similar style generally considered his work until it was discovered in 1987 that probably was attributed by mistake and is a painter of Northern Italy. Unlike Alleyn or Shakespeare, Burbage never retired scenarios; continued acting until his death in 1619. Wasn’t such a good employer as Alleyn or Shakespeare; his death is said that he left his widow “better than 300 pounds” ground – a respectable heritage but far from the great wealth of Alleyn, and less than the net value of Shakespeare to his death in 1616.3 Burbage was buried in San Leonardo, Shoreditch, a church near the Theatre. His tomb it has been lost, but is a Memorial, he and his brothers, erected in a century later. An anonymous poet wrote for him A Funerall Elegye on the Death of the famous actor Richard Burbedg who died on Saturday in Lent the 13 of March 1618 (A funeral to the death of the famous actor Richard Burbedg who died lent Saturday 13 March 1618 Elegy), a statement which says: he is gone and with it a world has died.  That he played, so reviviera, no younger Hamlet, old Hieronimo4 Amable Lear, the offended Moro, and further, that lived in him; have now died forever.  Of the many epitaphs since his death, perhaps the most painful is the shortest: “Exit Burbage.”

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