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 James Burbage

James Burbage

Birth
England
Death 2 Feb 1597 (aged 65–66)
England
Burial Shoreditch, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, England
Plot unmarked
Memorial ID 12231 · View Source
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English Renaissance Theatre Figure. Born in London, England, he is noted as the builder of the first permanent dedicated theatre built in England since Roman times. As an actor and theatre owner, he was heavily involved in groups concerning England's theater and bridged the gap between late-medieval drama. In 1576, he decided to create a new, permanent stage for London acting groups. He purchased the Blackfriars property which had once been a Dominican monastery and renovated the building into the world's first permanent, purpose-built indoor theatre. Simply named The Theatre, located in Shoreditch, his playhouse was given exclusive rights to perform in the City of London, by a Privy Council order. After his death his eldest son Cuthbert managed the theatre and his son Richard Burbage, became one of the most celebrated actors of his era.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 3 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12231
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Burbage (c.1531–2 Feb 1597), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12231, citing St Leonard Churchyard, Shoreditch, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .