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Richard Burbage

Born 1567
Died 1619
Son of James Burbage


  • An English actor.
  • It is thought he played the original roles of Hamlet, Othello and King Lear in William Shakespeare's plays.
  • He also acted in plays written by Ben Johnson, Thomas Kyd and John Webster.
  • His father James Burbage (circa 1530-1597) built the first English playhouse which was called 'The Theatre'.
  • His brother Cuthbert (circa 1566-1636) built the original Globe Theatre in London in 1599.


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