Shakespeare's Theatre, Impact, and Location By: James Scroggins

Interior views of The Globe Theatre today


Shakespeare's Theatre had a great impact on the modern world, the world back then, and the location of the theatre.

QUOTE 1:" In 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died and was succeeded by her cousin James VI of Scotland. As king of England, he became James I. James enjoyed and actively supported the theater. He issued a royal license to Shakespeare and his fellow players, which allowed the company to call itself the King’s Men. In return for the license, the actors entertained the king at court on a more or less regular basis" (Lander).

COMMENTARY:Since King James VI enjoyed the act of theatre it would be obvious he would licence and pay the company to entertain him specifically. The company was changed from the chamberlin's men to the King's men (referencing the fact that the king supported and licensed the company)

QUOTE 2:"Shakespeare has had enormous influence on culture throughout the world. His works have helped shape the literature of all English-speaking countries. His work has also had an important effect on the literary cultures of such countries as Germany and Russia. In addition, his widespread presence in popular culture extends to motion pictures, television, cartoons, and even songs" (Lander).

COMMENTARY:Shakespeare's influence caused a change in the drama industry and the English language itself. His impact was beyond England too, reaching Germany and Russia. His plays and songs are very common in today's culture.

QUOTE 3: "Little is known about the Globe's design except what can be learned from maps and evidence from the plays presented there. 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" (Seidel).

COMMENTARY: The Globe must have been large to be able to fit 3000 people with only 3 floors including the area where the groundlings would watch. imagine what it would be like on a very crowded day, or one with bad weather.

QUOTE 4: "Shakespeare William (1564-1616), was an English playwrite, poet and actor. Many people regard him as the world's greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced" (Lander).

COMMENTARY: William Shakespeare was and still is an extremely well known, and popular actor, writer, and poet. He has written many classics including story of The Tragedy Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.

QUOTE 5: "They erected the Globe in the area known as the Bank side on the south side of the River Thames in the suburb of Southwark. Shakespeare owned a modest percentage of the theater and its operations" (Seidel).

COMMENTARY: The Globe theatre was placed here because of thea unpopular market that plays were at the time. This location was also their inspiration to make cheaper entertainment, poorer families could watch on the ground floor for just 1 penny each.

QUOTE 6: "After a disagreement with the landlord, the company was forced to find new accommodations. Richard Burbage and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men dismantled The Theatre and moved it across the River Thames to a new site in Southwark. There they used the old timbers to erect a new theater called the Globe Theatre. The Globe could accommodate 3,000 spectators" (Lander).

COMMENTARY: Their landlord forced Shakespeare to move the theatre to a new location, if they never moved there would be major differences in the design of the theatre. The Original theatre wasn’t in the shape of a “O”, and with the older location it could’ve been less popular.

QUOTE 7: "Royal Shakespeare Company is an English theater organization dedicated to presenting the plays of William Shakespeare and other playwrights of his time, modern classical dramas, and new works. The company, also known as the RSC, performs at its own theater at Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Shakespeare's birthplace. The company also stages plays in London. It ranks among the leading theater ensembles in the world" ("Royal").

COMMENTARY: This organization replays the old works of Shakespeare, To inform and entertain the new modern world that may or may have never heard of Shakespeare. The Company has a theatre in shakespeare's town of birth, and they are ranked very high in today's theatre industry.

QUOTE 8:"Since Shakespeare's time "the planks" (the stage) have undergone various changes. 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" (Anderson 779).

COMMENTARY:The Theater industry has changed since Shakespeare's passing, including costume differences and stage design. The sizes of the stage have changed to accommodate other plays requiring more wide area’s.

QUOTE 9: "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" (Shakespeare 71).

COMMENTARY: Juliet in her room atop a tower cries for Romeo, her love, to which Romeo hears and responds. This line is one of, if not the most commonly used line from Romeo and Juliet in today's media.

QUOTE 10: “In 1609, a London publisher named Thomas Thorpe published a book called Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The volume contained more than 150 sonnets that Shakespeare had written over the years" (Lander).

COMMENTARY: Shakespeare was well known even shortly after his death, showing how much of an effect he had on people at the time. His legacy has been remembered for this long, he wasn't just recently rediscovered.

Works Cited

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.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.

“Royal Shakespeare Company.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.

Shakespeare, William. “Act 2 Scene 2.” The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, and Related Readings, Evanston, McDougal Littell, 1997, p. 71.


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