Richard BurbageRichard Burbage
) was an actor in William Shakespeare
's theater company, The Chamberlain's Men. He played the title role in the first performances of many of Shakespeare's plays, including Hamlet
and King Lear
, as well as in the plays of many of the great contemporary writers, such as Ben Johnson
and Thomas Kyd
. He was also a co-onwer, with his brother Cuthbert, Richard, of the Globe Theater and the Blackfriar's Theater, both established by their father James Burbage.