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Burbage   /bˈərbɪdʒ/   Listen

English actor who was the first to play the leading role in several of Shakespeare's tragedies (1567-1619).  Synonym: Richard Burbage.

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"Burbage" Quotes from Famous Books

... skit the leading Player makes a neat retort, and completely shuts up Hamlet,—who, being mad, deserves to be "shut up,"—much to the delight of King and Court. But, the question remains, why did SHAKSPEARE ever put this speech to the players in Hamlet's mouth? My theory is, that he did not want BURBAGE to play the part, but couldn't help himself, and so, out of pure revenge, he introduced this speech in which he makes BURBAGE himself condemn all his own faults. Later on the Queen describes Hamlet as "fat and scant of ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 102, May 14, 1892 • Various

... Richard Burbage at an amorous tryst with a citizen's wife. Burbage had, by the way, been playing the part of Richard III. While Will was engaged in illicit dalliance, the message was brought (what a moment for bringing messages!) that Richard III was at the door, and Will "caused return ...
— Shakespeare, Bacon and the Great Unknown • Andrew Lang

Words linked to "Burbage" :   role player, Richard Burbage, histrion, actor, player, thespian

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