Shakespeare and The Globe Theatre

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Shakespeare and The Globe Theatre

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Globe Theater Opens


The Globe Theater burns down.


The Globe is rebuilt after catching fire.


The Globe theater is closed down. It is later turned into a tenement building.

The initial Globe Theater was built during the Elizabethan era. The theater opened in the fall of 1599 in Southwark. The area is now called Bankside. Some of the other popular theaters during the time were the Swan, the Rose, and the Hope. The Globe theater was the main place where the Lord Chamberlain’s Men would perform. The majority of Shakespeare’s last plays were performed at the Globe such as Julius Ceasar, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear and Hamlet. The Globe Theater was closed down in 1642 with a regulation to show no more plays. The building was later turned into a tenement building.


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The Globe Theater

During a conduct of Henry the Eighth, the Globe caught fire on June 29, 1613. The fire ignited because of a cannon that shot in the wrong direction, and set fire to the wooden beams on stage. Luckily, no one was hurt.

The Globe was actually built from a previous theater that was built by a man named James Burbage in 1576. The theater was named “The Theatre”. The owner owned the building for 20 years, but then took it down to reconstruct it into The Globe.

Huge columns on both sides of the stage sustained a roof at the back of the stage. The ceiling under the roof was named the “heavens. Sometimes it was painted as a sky, and actors would come down for the illusion of flying.

At the edge of the main stage, people, groundlings, would pay a penny to stand and watch the performance. Behind the groundlings were the seats which was more costly.

Although The Globe’s actual measurements are unrecognized, but thorough studies have determined its possible shape and size. It was 3 stories high and could hold an audience of 3,000.

Flags were posted outside the theater to indicate the type of play being performed. The flags were color coded; red for history, white for comedy, and black for a tragedy. All actors were male actors. Even female roles were played by young men.


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