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William Shakespeare was a playwright that introduced many new words to the English languge and wrote hundreds of songs, plays, books, and poems of which are still popular and commonly used within theater and activity today.

What was the Globe theatre?

Quote"The Globe Theatre also known as the Shakespeare Globe Theatre was not only one of most famous playhouse’s of all time, but the play house where Shakespeare performed many of his greatest plays" (Lander).

Commentary It was a theatre in London associated by with William Shakespeare. The globe was the principle playhouse of the Lord Chamberlain's Men.

Quote"William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced.Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world. His plays have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were written about 400 years ago. Through the years, most serious actors and actresses have considered the major roles of Shakespeare to be the supreme test of their art" (Lander).

Commentary Many people now still act out the Shakespeare original plays. They are a major role in playwright.

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).

Commentary Shakespeare's period of time was very important. He worked very hard to get where he was.

Quote"By the late 1500’s, Elizabethan plays were being performed in two kinds of theater buildings—later called public and private theaters. Public theaters were larger than private ones and held at least 2,500 people. They were built around a courtyard that had no roof. Public theaters gave performances only during daylight hours because they had no artificial lights. Private theaters were smaller, roofed structures. They had candlelight for evening performances. Private theaters charged higher prices and were designed to attract a higher-class audience" (Lander​​​​​​​).

Commentary Later in the years, Elizabethan had two to different sections of the theatre. One for higher-class and the other was for lower-class audiences. Later called public and private theatres

Quote"Sound effects had an important part in Elizabethan drama. Trumpet blasts and drum rolls were common. Sometimes unusual sounds were created, such as "the noise of a sea-fight" called for in Antony and Cleopatra" (Lander).

Commentary Not only did Shakespeare have men on the stage and act out the plays, but also had blasting music and sound effects to make the audience enjoy it and make it realistic.

Works Cited Page

Anderson, Robert. “Shakespeare and His Theater: A perfect Match.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003.

Caffrey, Cait. “Elizabethan Era.” Salem Press Encyclopedia (2016): Topic Overviews 6­12. Web. 7 Dec. 2016

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.


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