The Globe Theater Crystal Rivera Per. 4

This is what the interior looks like from the globe theater

The Globe Theatre was a marker in history that truly is something that pushed the boundaries of entertainment. Unlike the other theatres, The Globe Theatre had details and galleries with meaning towards the plays that were being presented. An example would be :"The Globe Theatre was an early open-air English theater in London. Most of the great English playwright William Shakespeare's plays were first presented at the Globe. The brothers Cuthbert and Richard Burbage constructed the theater in 1599 from the timbers of London's first playhouse, called The Theatre." The globe theatre was an amazing attraction that filled the people with joy. I believe this quote explains how the globe came to be

This was how The Globe Theatre looked like

Shakespeare had a great mind and a great imagination. With his time he was able to create something big and life changing. Without Shakespeare and his globe, entertainment would just remain the same, dull and boring. William Shakespeare used his time wisely. An example is: "Sometimes playwrights influence the shape and form of a theater, but more often existing theaters seem to influence the shape and form of plays. 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." I believe this quote mean playwrights had changed the entertainment industry and leveled it up completely. Without playwrights, entertainment would not be the same.

Shakespeare and James Burbage, an actor-manager, decided to destroy his old theatre since it wasn't needed no more. One quote is "In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe. This was the theater for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays." This quote means that they originally destroyed the first theater to rebuilt another for better entertainment.

This is the intertior

Historically, we do not exactly know what the exact globe theatre looked like, but evidence such as maps can show how the structure was suppose to look like: "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."The theatre had a basic look of being polygonal, therefore the structure was planned out to have around 3 thousand spectators. The structure was composed of a polygonal shape with the pit being a place for spectators to stand and watch the play. The rest was just seats placed for other spectators to watch. " Its stage occupied the open-air space, with a pit in front for standing viewers. The stage was surrounded by several levels of seating." I believe this quote can describe how The Globe Theatre was designed back then to present how "the groundlings," also known as the people, were categorized unlike the people who sit in the seats

This is the pit where people stand

During the Globe's time, people from all around came to visit the one and only Globe Theatre who presented very well written plays. "When the Globe opened in 1599, it joined nearly two dozen other playhouses looking to entertain London’s masses. The Globe came of age as just one of many theatrical venues, but it quickly became the premier theater of its era, producing some of the best plays and actors in Elizabethan England. It continued a long theatrical tradition dating back to the ancient Greeks, the first purveyors of the performing arts."This quote can explain how the Globe grew its popularity from Shakespeare's well written plays.

Shakespeare's plays were originally performed by men. So whenever a scene with a girl started, they would have a man dress up as a lady. Back then, girls and women were not allowed to act. "In one interesting aspect the theater in Shakespeare's day was very different from the theater we know today. Plays were originally performed by the all-male medieval trade guilds, so all women's parts were played by boys. It would be, many years before women appeared on-stage in the professional English theater"This quote explains the past and how Shakespeare use to perform his plays.

This is Benetrice and Benedick, from Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is an example of one of Shakesepare's successful plays. The play is about three characters who try to matchmake their friends, even though they dislike each other. It will get more complex further into the story once you meet the antagonist, Don John."Benedick- What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living? Beatrice- Is it possible Disdain should die while she hath such meet food to feed it as Signor Benedick Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you come in her presence. Benedick- Then is courtesy a turn coat. But it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted ,and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart, for trulyI love none. Beatrice- A dear happiness to women, they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that. I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me. Benedick- God keep your ladyships till in that mind! So some gentleman or other shall ’scape a predestinate scratched face. Beatrice- Scratching could not make it worse an’twere such a face as yours were." This quote can demostrate the hatred towards each other after Benedick came back from a war. Beatrices words are meaningful with passionate hatred towards Benedick.

The audiences will go crazy if they see the protagonist or if they see the antagonist. With all different kinds of audiences, they can show different appeal to the characters such as throwing garbage and yelling at the anatagonist or cheering for the protagonist. "Unlike today, Elizabethan theater was a rowdy event, and the Globe's audiences were more like spectators at a sporting event than respectful and passive observers. Equally vocal and enthusiastic in their support and their criticism, audience members cheered their favorite actors and threw garbage at those they did not like." People in both times can be very rowdy towards their favorite character and have a strong emotional connection to them. I'd say that people back then can resemble the people today, just with different kinds of entertainment.

Sadly, The Globe Theatre had to come to an end. The Globe Theatre was destroyed twice, both for different reasons. "In 1613, the Globe burned down. It was rebuilt on the same foundation and reopened in 1614. The Globe was shut down in 1642 and torn down in 1644. A reconstruction of the theater was completed 200 yards (183 meters) from the original site in 1996, and it officially opened in 1997." This quote explains how the Globe Theatre was destroyed.

The cause of the destruction to the globe theatre had to do with both the government and a misleading cannonball. "In 1613, during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII, a cannon shot during a staged battle ignited the thatched roof, and the Globe burned to the ground without serious casualties. Within a year the theater was rebuilt, this time with a tile roof, and it continued to host performances until 1642 when the Puritan government, strongly opposed to all forms of entertainment, shuttered every theater in London. The Globe was torn down two years later." If the canon didn't fire, then the globe would still be fine and working. The government on the other hand just strongly opposed the form of entertainment.

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