Elizabethan Theatre Faye Vanier

How many women actors did the company usually feature?

During the Elizabethan Era women were not allowed to perform in the theater. Men portrayed the women and teenage boys portrayed the young women (Woog 69).

Was Shakespeare an actor? What was the term used to refer to actors?

Shakespeare was a playwright and was thought to be an actor. He was believed to have acted in Every Man his Humor.(Medici 38) He was the first playwright in England to be contracted on regular basis to write postscripts for a major company (Andrews 107).

How were the seating arrangements for the audience? How did one get a good seat?

The rich and poor all went to the theater to see the plays. Privileged people were admitted through a special entrance. They could sit in a private closed off area if they could afford it. The not so lucky people had to stand in the yard or the ground level area around the stage. They were called groundings. The more money you payed the better seats you could get (Woog 76-77).

What type of people were Shakespeare’s plays performed for?

Shakespeare's plays would bring in the Groundings, the middle class, and the nobility (Medici 38).

What would the audience do if they did not like a performance?

If the audience did not like a play they would throw furniture and end up damaging the theater (Burce 1).

What happened to the original Globe theater?

The globe was burnt down on June 29, 1613 during a play about Henry the VIII called All is True. During it a cannon was fired to revel Henry and the barrel landed on the roof which ended up starting a fire (Allison 68).

Where did the timbers to build the second Globe come from?

When the globe was rebuilt the it was mostly made out of the timber from the original globe that survived the fire (Allison 70).


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Shakespeare. Photographer. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

THE GLOBE THEATRE, c1600. - The Globe Theatre during Shakespeare's era, London, England. Line engraving, 19th century.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

Elizabethan theatre. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

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