The Globe Theatre back then
The Globe Theater was destroyed by the puritans in 1644
The Puritans were a group of English Reformed Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries .They sought to "purify" the Church of England from its "Catholic" practices, maintaining that the Church of England was only partially reformed.
Globe Theater History:
The Globe Theater was erected on the southside of the Thames river in Bankside, a suburb of London, in 1599. It was constructed from the building materials of first amphitheater built for staged plays, the Theater shoreditch.
In those times, William Shakespeare held his plays there. Also, they would put up different flags to indicate what events was going on
The builder of the Globe Theater:
The original theatre was built in 1599 by Cuthbert Burbage.
The Globe was owned by actors who were also shareholders in the Lord Chamberlain's Men. The Globe was built in 1599 using timber from an earlier theater. The Theater, which had been built by Richard Burbage's father, James Burbage, in Shoreditch in 1576.
In his play Henry V, Shakespeare called his theatre a wooden O. It was a large round building, three stories high with a large platform stage that projected form one end into a yard open to the sky
The Wooden "O" is metaphor alluding to the Globe Theater. Shakespeare called it the Wooden "O", because it was built of wood and had the shape of an "o"
The globe was a rounded or polygonal on the outside and probably round on the inside.
In those days theatres were rounded because of the acoustics. They did not have microphones in those days, so they made it round so the sound would bounce off the walls
The theater in that time could hold up to as many as 3,000 spectators. It had 3 levels of seating.
The base of the theater was called the "pit" which only cost a penny, people "The groundings" would stand there, and eat hazelnuts during the plays. The higher the levels the more expensive it got.
In 1613, during a performance (Henry VIII) a canon shot during a staged battle ignited the thatched roof.
What finally happened:
The Globe was rebuilt on the same foundation in 1614. Also in 1642 the theatre was shut down, and torn down in 1644
The theatre was built this time with a tile roof. This theatre continued to hold shows until the puritans shut it down.
A visual of the Globe theatre
Present Globe Theatre
The Globe was reconstructed 200 yards from the original site in 1996.
The new theatre was built on Bankside which is approximately 225 yards. Also, like the original globe, the theatre is open to the sky and has a thrust stage.
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