The Globe Theater Anastasia Zamorano p.4

Thesis: The Globe theater influenced modern theater through structure, costumes, and audience participation.


Quote #1: "The Globe proved to be a wise investment, and it remained a home to Shakespeare’s acting company until the religious reformers known as Puritans closed the theaters in 1642, during the English Civil War." (Lander)

Commentary: This indicates how Shakespeare's acting company stayed alive. It may also suggest that Shakespeare did not waste his time investing into something that was not useful but it turned out to be a success.

Quote #2: " In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and it timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theater. This was the Globe Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in." ( Anderson)

Commentary:This indicates how the Globe all started for Shakespeare. This may also illustrate where most of plays where in.

Quote #3: "The theater may have held as many as 3,000 spectators. Its stage occupied the open-air space, with a pit in front for standing viewers. The stage was surrounded by several levels of seating."(Seidel)

Commentary:This tells the viewers how Shakespeare theater started. It also tells them around how many could see a play.

Quote #4:"It was a large, round building, three stories high, with a large platform stage that projected from one end into a yard open could be used suggest Juliet's balcony or the high walls of a castle or the bridge of a ship."

Commentary:This tells the viewers how the theater was.It also tells the people what was used for Juliet's balcony and how the theater was useful.

Quote #5:"It is important that we understand Shakespeare's theater because it influenced how he wrote his plays."(Anderson)

Commentary:This indicates the viewers of how it all started. Also where he got his ideas for his plays.


Quote #6: " But costumes were often elaborate, and the stage might have been hung with colorful banners and trapping.( The groundlings, those eight hundred or more people who stood shoulder to shoulder around the stage for the price of a penny, loved a good show. Most people do.)"(Anderson)

Commentary: This implies that actors wore flashy costumes that also matched with the stage that were hung with colorful banners. It also means that these costumes stood out to crowd.

Quote #7: "Plays were originally performed by the all-male medieval trade guilds, so all women's parts were played by boys. In Shakespeare's day, Juliet would have been played by a trained boy actor."(Anderson)

Commentary:This tells the viewer that men played all the girl parts which meant the costumes were made to fit men. Also tells the viewers that all the lady parts were acted out by men including Juliet.

Audience Participation:

Quote #8: "A theater audience does not necessarily want to be whisked from place to place. People who go to plays often prefer to spend a long, long time watching the subtle development of conflicts among a small group of people, all on one setting."(Anderson)

Commentary:This endures the people how audiences did not like .to move around place while that plays were going on. It also tells us that if the audience where to move it could have distracted the actors and that could have been one reason why the audience did not like to move.

Quote #9: "It will be an odd experience for those audiences, used to sitting in the dark, a long way from actors, distanced from the stage both physically and emotionally. The most expensive seats will be the Gentlemen's Boxes on either side of the stage, a hand's touch from the action. These seats were traditionally bought by people more so they could be seen than to watch the action, and they are still very up-front."(Lawrence)

Commentary:This reveals that the audience would have a variety of places to sit although the front and side boxes were the best because they got a piece of the action. It also tells people that most audiences during that time would watch plays in the dark and fairly far from the stage.

Quote #10: "When we go see a, play, it is the movement of the words rather' than the movement of the scenery that delight."(Anderson)

Commentary:This represents that when people such as the audience are out watching a play they listen to how people talk and what they say rather than where they are at. This may also illustrate how people might not pay much attention to the scenery as much as the words that the people speak.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. Shakespeare and his theater. Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 778-80.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Lawrence, Sandra. “Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Brings Jacobean Theater.” British Heritage 35.2 (2014): 58-61.History Reference Center. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.


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