Richard Burbage, son of James Burbage and younger brother of Cuthbert Burbage, was the leading player of the Chamberlain's men as constituted in 1594; at his father's death (February 1597), Richard became a leading businessman with the company as well, having the Globe playhouse and later also Blackfriars Playhouse under his and his brother Cuthbert's control.
Richard Burbage first appears in records connected with the theatrical world of London in a lawsuit in the Court of Chancery in 1589-90 concerning business at the Shoreditch playhouse, the Theater.
brawl at the Theater, 1590
differences of opinion about his company affiliation, 1591-94; anecdote about playing Richard III (John Manningham)
Christmas, 1598-Sept 1619
other: character with Kempe in 2 Return from Parnasus; apears as self in Induction to The Malcontent 1604 (with Condell and Lowin; 1618, pageant celebrating the announcement of Prince Henry as Prince of Wales
Berry,"The Theatre," pp. 320-387; "The Curtain," pp. 404-18; "The first Globe," pp. 493-500; "The second Blackfriars," pp. 501-30.
Halliwell Street, Shoreditch
Julia (?Juliet), christened 2 January 1603; buried 12 September 1608
Frances, christened 16 September 1604; buried 16 September 1604
Anne, christened 6 November 1616; buried 15 August 1615
Winifred, christened 10 October 1613; buried 16 October 1616
Julia, christened 27 December 1614; buried 15 August 1615
William, christened 6 November 1616
Sara, christened 5 August 1619; buried 29 April 1625
self, buried 16 March 1619
elegies: "Exit Burbage" (Nungezer, p. 73); numerous elegies and elegiac references well into the 17th c
Closeness with brother Cuthbert: bought houses together in 1608, also 1617 (Eccles, 43)
Presumably, Burbage was the lead adult male player in the Chamberlain's men after its formation by June 1594 as well as in the King's men; a list of those roles being lengthy, the focus here is on his roles in lost plays.
- ?Urganda ?King Egereon, ?Eschines, "The Dead Man's Fortune" (Guesses: Greg, "Urganda," pp. 102-3, note to ll. 34-6; McMillin, King Egereon, p. 239; Bradley, Eschines, p. 97).
- King Gorboduc ("Envy"), Tereus ("Lechery"), "The Second Part of the Seven Deadly Sins"
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