Richard Burbage

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Burbage, Richard

(bûr`bĭj), 1567?–1619, first great English actor. The leading tragedian of the Chamberlain's MenChamberlain's Men,
Elizabethan theatrical company for which Shakespeare, a joint owner of the company, wrote his plays and served as actor. Organized in 1594, they performed at the Globe and at the Blackfriars theaters. Under the patronage of James I they became c.
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, he originated the title roles in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Lear, Othello, and Richard III. He may also have appeared in many of the first productions of plays by Thomas Kyd, Beaumont and Fletcher, Ben Jonson, and John Webster. By contemporary standards, his acting style was considered realistic. Burbage's father, James Burbage, had built the first permanent theater in London in 1576, called the Theatre. In 1598 the building was removed to Bankside and set up as the Globe TheatreGlobe Theatre,
London playhouse, built in 1598, where most of Shakespeare's plays were first presented. It burned in 1613, was rebuilt in 1614, and was destroyed by the Puritans in 1644. A working replica opened in 1997. Bibliography

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 by Richard's brother, Cuthbert, on the death of their father. The brothers also inherited shares in the Blackfriars Theatre, built by their father in 1596, which became the winter home of the company.
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Burbage, Richard


Born circa 1567; died in 1619 in London. English actor.

Richard was the son of James and the brother of Cuthbert Burbage, both of whom were figures in the English theater. Richard Burbage was one of the most important actors of the English theater during the Renaissance and a friend and permanent colleague of W. Shakespeare. Both he and Shakespeare belonged to the troupe known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Company. Burbage possessed a gift for tragic drama, and Shakespeare wrote such roles as Richard III, Hamlet, Othello, Lear, and Macbeth for him. Contemporaries provided evidence of his great mastery as an actor, his talent for transforming himself on stage, and the richness of his mimicry and gestures.

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As it happened, though, Pembroke's Men acquired Edward II, and Richard Burbage was there to assume the part.
As a consequence of this transaction, as is well known, new leases of the Blackfriars space were executed on Wednesday, August 9, 1608, involving a new syndicate made up of William Shakespeare and five of his fellows among the King's Servants: Richard Burbage, Henry Condell, Thomas Evans, John Heminges, and William Sly.
Meanwhile, despite theater's growing popularity, the plague forces the closure of many houses, including the Rose, owned by Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush) and the Curtain, run by Richard Burbage (Martin Clunes).
Othello, for instance, often became less sympathetic than he had ever been when played by Richard Burbage. As he becomes less of a hero and more of a savage, his tragedy was simply that of reverting to his uncivilized ways.
The actors were Richard Burbage and John Rice (see below), both of the King's Men.
Richard Dutton recently surmised that Tilney's arrangements with other companies and theatre owners would have been similar, and that he 'must have been making a tidy if not spectacular income on this basis'.(3) However, a hitherto unpublished entry in the bulky parchment records of the Court of Common Pleas, concerning Tilney's relations with Cuthbert and Richard Burbage, and dating to Hilary law term 3 Jas.
The rest were assigned equally to Shakespeare and other members of the Chamberlain's Men (the company of players who acted there), of which Richard Burbage was principal actor and of which Shakespeare had been a leading member since late 1594.
Heminge has the gift of being able to recall his memories of the past and these scenes are brought vividly to life by some of the actors of the day - Richard Burbage, William Ostler, Robert Armin and others.
The Great Lie by Myrrha Stanford-Smith Bewildered, Nick now found himself an unacknowledged member of a company calling itself the Lord Leicester's Men, under the aegis of James and Richard Burbage. James had built and owned the Theatre outside the City walls, and now left the running of it to his son Richard, arguably the finest actor of his day.
Both have Richard Burbage's name in them, and both, I believe, date from around 1591.
That 'frail Nature' in this context suggests both Mother Eve and Mother Nature is allowable; but with Richard Burbage descanting on Gloucester's deformity, would the audience take time to enquire beneath the superficial--and conventional--allegory?
Susan lewis, general manager of Cardiff's New Theatre is heir to a tradition, that began when Richard Burbage and one William Shakespeare, became joint owners of the Globe Theatre.