The Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre is known for performing Shakespeare's plays. The way it was built, who worked at the theatre, and the content/plays, was a big part of the way people saw it.

The Theatre Structure

"The Globe was round or polygonal on the outside and probably round on the inside." (Seidel). The theatre was round like a globe, hence the name. The theatre held many spectators from seats up high to seats on the floor. This quote shows how the theatre was structured."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). Standing viewers out in the pit were typically poor and looked down upon. The more wealthy people sat up high. When it rained, the standing viewers would get wet."A passage in the play’s prologue refers to the shape of the Globe: “Or may we cram / Within this wooden O the very casques / That did affright the air at Agincourt?”(Seidel 1). The theatre was talked about in one of his plays.It was described as one big O.

The Plays

The content performed at the globe theatre was Shakespeare's work. His plays were popular. "The play is partly historical. Its chief source is the Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland by the English historian Raphael Holinshed. It recounts the reign of Macbeth, who ruled as king of Scotland from about 1040 to 1057." Shakespeare's plays were typically historical. His work was played in front of many people and was very formal and historic."It was written and performed in 1599, possibly the first Shakespeare play staged at the Globe Theater, owned by Shakespeare and his acting company, in the Southwark borough of London."The first play staged at the Globe Theatre was written and performed by Shakespeare in the same year (1599). He owned the theatre."There the actors would erect a temporary platform stage at one end of the yard and play to an audience that stood around the stage or sat in the tiers of balconies that surrounded the courtyard." (Anderson 778).

The Workers

"After arriving in London, Shakespeare began an association with one of the city’s repertory theater companies. These companies consisted of a permanent cast of actors who presented a variety of plays week after week." Shakespeare worked with companies to grow his theatre. The companies had actors who presented his plays. "The companies had aristocratic patrons, and the players were technically servants of the nobles who sponsored them." The actors worked for the people who sponsor them. "The Lord Chamberlain’s Men were one of the most popular companies in London. In large part because of Shakespeare’s talents, they would go on to become the dominant company in England during the late 1500’s and early 1600’s." The company that Shakespeare was in collaboration with was very popular. It was a huge company and helped Shakespeare profit and become famous for his plays.

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