The Globe Theater The Globe Theater's different architecture was fascinating and famous, had many famous plays preformed there, and the famous author Shakespeare was the owner.

Architecture

" The Globe was round or polygonal on the outside and probably round on the inside. 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, 1). This quote explains that the Globe Theater was very different compared to the other theaters in the area at the time, but was designed better. This theater was one of the best around because it would be able to hold a large amount of people and the shape of the theater allowed the sound to echo throughout the room so everyone could hear what the actors would say. This allowed the theater to gain more attention and be famous enough to have the Queen visit there herself more than once.

"First, the part of the stage that projected into the yard grew narrower, and the small curtained inner stage grew larger, until there developed what is called the proscenium stage. Here there is no outer stage; there is only the inner stage, and a large curtain separates it form the audience. The effect is like looking inside a window or inside a picture frame" (Anderson, 779). This quote explains what the inside of the Globe theater looks like and the characteristics that affect the audience’s view. The different stage is one main difference compared to other theaters because it had a small stage to make it look like a picture frame, or a T.V. now like it was being performed. The audience would sit on the floor of the theater, while today there are a number of floors to watch a performance.

"In this play Henry V, Shakespeare called his theater a wooden O. It was a large round ( or polygonal ) building, three stories high, with a large platform stage that projected from one end into a yard open could be used to suggest Juliet's balcony or the high walls of a castle" (Anderson, 778-779). This quote explains how the theater played a big part in the play "Romeo and Juliet" by having specific details showing the scene of the play. These details help the play look like it does in real life, but actors performing. There are different sections to the theater making certain places to look like heaven or hell.

Plays

"Henry V is a five-act historical play by the English dramatist William Shakespeare. Its full title is King Henry V . 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 play was first published in 1600 in a severely shortened and mangled version" (Seidel, 1). This quote explains that this was one of the plays that was presented at the Globe Theater which was possibly the first. Henry V was a play that Shakespeare wrote that immediately became popular and was also the cause of the Globe burning down. This play was created from a historical event that happened and was to be explained the early reign of King Henry V.

" Richard II is a five-act history play by the English dramatist William Shakespeare. Its full title is The Life and Death of King Richard II. It was probably written in 1595 and belongs to the second period of Shakespeare's development as a playwright. It was first published in 1597" (Author, 1). This quote explains that Shakespeare made another historical play which was about the rule of King Henry. This play was very famous during that year due to the fact that there was a very important scene that was left out in the beginning which had Queen Elizabeth I to have a revolt against Earl of Essex. Many people payed to see the play with that specific scene in it.

" Romeo and Juliet is a famous tragedy written by English playwright William Shakespeare. The play was probably first performed in 1596 and was first published in 1597.The popularity of Romeo and Juliet owes much to Shakespeare’s sympathy for the young lovers in the play" (Seidel, 3). This quote explains that this was another famous play written by Shakespeare that was preformed in the Globe Theater. Romeo and Juliet is a classic to all plays due to the fact that is describes young love, consequences, and death. This play grew very famous and to this day everyone still knows and remembers Romeo and Juliet.

Owner

"It is important that we understand Shakespeare's theater because it influenced how he wrote his plays. Shakespeare took the theater of his time, and he used it brilliantly" (Anderson, 1). This quote explains the meaning of the Globe theater to Shakespeare and the how he used it. Shakespeare probably spent so much time in the theater trying to create new plays and new writings. He spent this time well because now he is known to be one of the most famous writer and play writer in the world.

"Shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life. Year after year he provided it with plays, almost on demand. Shakespeare was the ultimate and professional writer. He had a theater that needed plays, actors who needed parts, and a family that needed to be fed" (Anderson, 777). This quote explains the dedication that Shakespeare spent on what made him happy. He basically took care of the people that worked for him and treated them like family. The plays that Shakespeare wrote was a big part of the literature world and he was so dedicated to his work. Being there for everyone made everyone be with him and made 37 plays with many masterpieces.

"The Royal Shakespeare Company was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare's plays. An annual festival of Shakespeare's dramas began in 1886" (World Book Advanced,1). This quote explains when the Royal Shakespeare Company was first made and then caused festivals of plays later on. The RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) stuck together for a long time and created a theater dedicated to Shakespeare to only see the works he created there. Then it caused a festival devoted to Shakespeare from the words he created on paper to play.

Sources

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, pp. 778-80.

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