The Globe Theater Isabella Enomoto p.5

The Globe Theater is a monumental place obtained from many of William Shakespeare's works. Its success is shown through its history, architecture, and Shakespeare's accompaniment.

History of The Globe

Quote: "James Burbage built the first permanent theater in England, 1576. In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theatre" (Anderson 778).

Paraphrase: The first theater was built in England in 1576 and was torn down 1599. Shakespeare built the Globe Theater on the foundation of the original.

Quote: "Globe Theatre was an early open-air English theater in London.The brothers Cuthbert and Richard Burbage constructed the theater in 1599 from the timbers of London's first playhouse, called The Theatre. The Globe was round or polygonal on the outside and probably round on the inside" (Seidel).

Paraphrase: The Globe Theater was a round open-air theater built by the Burbage brothers in London the year of 1599.

Quote: "In 1613, the Globe burned down. It was rebuilt on the same foundation and reopened in 1614" (Seidel).

Paraphrase: The Globe was burned down in 1613, then was rebuilt and reopened the following year.

Quote: "The Globe was shut down in 1642 and torn down in 1644. A reconstruction of the theater was completed 200 yards (183 meters) from the original site in 1996, and it officially opened in 1997" (Seidel).

Paraphrase: The Globe was shut down and destroyed between 1642 to 1644. It was rebuilt in 1996 and reopened in 1997.


Quote: "The Globe was 20-sided and nearly cylindrical, with a diameter of around 105 feet. A large rectangular stage in the center of its amphitheater measured 43 by 23 feet. Three overhanging tiered galleries seated the audience. The top gallery had a thatched roof, but the rest of the theater was open to the elements" (Hager).

Paraphrase: The Globe was 20-sided and had a large rectangular stage in the center. It had three overhanging galleries of seats.

Quote: "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).

Paraphrase: The Globe had a large capacity of 3,000 spectators. It contained many levels of seating with a pit in front for standing viewers.

Quote: "Above the stage at the back was another gallery, used for such scenes as the balcony sequence from Romeo and Juliet and for sitting musicians. Under this gallery was the "tiring-house," which served as dressing room, prop and costume storage, the waiting area for actors about to enter the stage, and a place for the prompter to cue the performers' lines" (Hager).

Paraphrase: Another gallery above the stage was used for scenes like Romeo and Juliet's balcony scene.Under the gallery was a "tiring-house," which was a dressing room, detail storage, a waiting area for performing actors, and a place for the prompter to cue the performers' lines.

Quote: "Underneath the stage was the trap door through which actors disappeared from the stage and descended into "hell." Above the stage were the mechanisms for producing special effects like thunder and lightning and the suspension apparatus used to "fly" the actors" (Hager).

Paraphrase: There were trap doors underneath the stage so that actor can disappear to descend to "hell." Special effects were done above the stage such as thunder, lightening, etc.

Quote: "The least expensive area in the theater surrounded the stage on three sides and was for standing room only. Here was where the "groundlings," as they were called, watched the plays" (Hager).

Paraphrase: The cheapest spot in the theater surrounded the stage. The people had to stand only, and were called the "groundlings" for that reason.

Shakespeare's Accompaniment to the Globe

Quote: "Most of the great English playwright William Shakespeare's plays were first presented at the Globe. Shakespeare owned a modest percentage of the theater and its operations" (Seidel).

Paraphrase: Shakespeare used the Globe Theater to present his plays.

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

Paraphrase: Shakespeare's theater influenced how he wrote his plays.

Quote: "He had a theater that needed plays, actors who needed parts, and a family that needed to be fed" (Anderson).

Paraphrase: Shakespeare had a theater, actors, and a family that he needed to provide plays, parts and food for.

Quote: "The Globe, which opened with a performance of Shakespeare's Henry V... and individuals from all walks of life attended plays there" (Sonia G.).

Paraphrase: The Globe's first play performed was Shakespeare's Henry V.

Quote: "Romeo and Juliet was probably among the early plays that Shakespeare wrote, between 1594 and 1596" (Anderson).

Paraphrase: Romeo and Juliet was one of his first written plays.

Quote: "Many of Shakespeare's greatest plays were written in the first ten years of the company's residence at the Globe, and they were first performed there. Examples include the tragedies Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear; and the comedies Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well, and Measure For Measure" (Sonia G.).

Paraphrase: Many of Shakespeare's greatest plays were performed at the globe. Some examples include Hamlet, King Lear, All's Well That Ends Well, and Measure For Measure.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “Shakespeare and His Theater: A Perfect Match.” Shakespeare and His Theater: A Perfect Match. Originally published in Shakespeare and His Theater: A Perfect Match, .

Hager, Alan, ed. “Globe Theatre.” Encyclopedia of British Writers, 16th and 17th Centuries. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2005. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc.

Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

“Shakespeare, William.” Elizabethan World Reference Library, edited by Sonia G. Benson and Jennifer York Stock, vol. 2: Biographies, UXL, 2007, pp. 197-207. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Accessed 11 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare’s LIfe: A Genius from Stratford.” William Shakespeare’s LIfe: A Genius from Stratford. Originally published in William Shakespeare’s LIfe: A Genius from Stratford, .


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