Quote"Throughout the 1590’s, Shakespeare’s reputation continued to grow. From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world. In addition to his duties as a sharer and actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company. During much of this period, Shakespeare ranked as London’s most popular playwright, based on the number of times his plays were performed and published" (Lander).
Commentary Shakespeare's plays began to perform throughout the 1590's grew from there. He didn't stop, as the plays began show and the audience enjoyed them, he wrote about 2 or more a year to have more people come to watch.
Quote"Each year, hundreds of books and articles appear on Shakespearean subjects. Thousands of scholars from all over the world gather in dozens of meetings annually to discuss topics related to Shakespeare. Special libraries and library collections focus upon Shakespeare. Numerous motion pictures have been made of his plays. Composers have written operas, musical comedies, and instrumental works based on his stories and characters. The world has admired and respected many great writers. But only Shakespeare has generated such varied and continuing interest—and such constant affection. The extent and durability of Shakespeare’s reputation is without equal" (Lander).
Commentary Shakespeare's work is still talked about today. Many people still act out his plays and research to learn more about poetry.
Quote "On June 29, 1613, the Globe Theatre went up in flames during a performance of Henry the Eighth. A theatrical cannon, set off during the performance, misfired, igniting the wooden beams and thatching" (Lander).
Commentary This ruined the entire theatre but plays didn't stop there. It was then discovered in 1989.
What was the Elizabethan theatre?
Quote "Shakespeare wrote his plays to suit the abilities of particular actors and the tastes of specific audiences. The physical structure of the theaters in which his works were presented also influenced his playwriting. He used many dramatic devices that were popular in the Elizabethan theater but are no longer widely used." (Lander).
Commentary Shakespeare worked very hard to have many different plays for the different audiences. He made sure they really enjoyed the play.
Quote"People expected to see a new play everyday in theaters. This meant many actors and playwrights were employed to meet the demands of audiences" (Caffery).
Commentary They tried their hardest to satisfy the audience. They did that by coming up with different plays to show and try not to repeat them.
What was the structure and appearance of the theatres during Shakespeare’s time?
Quote"In Shakespeare's time, a stage wasn't just one type of space; plays had to be versatile. The same play might be produced in an outdoor playhouse, an indoor theater, a royal palace—or, for a company on tour, the courtyard of an inn" (Anderson).