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 (bûr′bĭj), Richard 1567?-1619.
English actor and theater manager. The foremost tragedian of his day, he was the first to play the title roles in Shakespeare's Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Richard III.


1. (Biography) James. ?1530–97, English actor and theatre manager, who built (1576) the first theatre in England
2. (Biography) his son, Richard. ?1567–1619, English actor, associated with Shakespeare


(ˈbɜr bɪdʒ)

Richard, 1567?–1619, English actor.
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Noun1.Burbage - English actor who was the first to play the leading role in several of Shakespeare's tragedies (1567-1619)Burbage - English actor who was the first to play the leading role in several of Shakespeare's tragedies (1567-1619)
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Edward Burbage, like Shakespeare's own portrait, is, we venture to think, a trifle stolid.
But these limits were narrow, and in 1576 James Burbage inaugurated a new era by erecting 'The Theater' just to the north of the 'city,' only a few minutes' walk from the center of population.
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A planning application for 40 new homes in Burbage has been lodged with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.
The thriller stars Laurie Davidson, right, as the struggling young bard with Olivia DeJonge as the object of his affections, Alice Burbage, and our very own Colm Meaney as James Burbage.
In the other quarter-finals of the Hilditch Cup, Burbage pulled off a surprise win when they beat Hinckley Amateurs 1sts by two runs in a lowscoring game, Burbage making 85 all out and Hinckley Ams making only 83.
'If you're Nick Talbot, Master Burbage wants you,' he sniggered, and made off.
But Dave Burbage, chief executive of Newham, who chaired the group, says: ``Why fix it if it isn't broke?
Joint Strike Fighter program has not helped efforts to try to sell the aircraft to allied nations, said Tom Burbage, executive vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter JSF).
"Everyone knew there was something ominous about this hurricane," says Danny Burbage, Charleston's superintendent of urban forestry.
King uses such materials as the lists of actors from Jonson's Workes, the plot of The Battle of Alcazar, prompt books, places in the old scripts where actors are named instead of roles, the title page of the 1623 Duchess of Malfi, which includes the casts of two productions (Taylor replaces Burbage, after the latter's death in 1619) and many other pre-Restoration documents.
It was built by two brothers, Richard and Cuthbert Burbage. Half the shares in the new theater were kept by the Burbages.