The Globe Theater
Thesis: The Globe Theater had a major positive impact on the play world and how poets produced their plays. It was an amazing, multi-functional building that helped many people succeed.
Quote #1: “The brothers Cuthbert and Richard Burbage constructed the theater in 1599 from the timbers of London’s first playhouse, called The Theatre. 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.”( Miller)
Commentary: They created this in relation to the cluttered playhouse. It was to be a place for all kinds of plays to be held with no issues of space or problems for the poets.
Quotes #2: “In 1623, The Globe burned down. It was rebuilt on the same foundation and reopened in 1614. A reconstruction of the theater was completed 200 yards (183 meters) from the original site in 1996 and it officially opened in 1997” (Seidel)
Commentary: When the building burnt down, they took it as an opportunity to recreate the Globe and make it even better than it was. When they stopped putting on plays they reopened it to the public to experience it as a monument.
Quote #3: The galleries along the sides were covered, but most of the structure, including the large raised stage which projected about halfway into the theater, was unroofed. All of the actors were males; younger men or boys played the roles of women characters.”(Benson)
Commentary: The whole theater was mostly open which was good most of the time unless it decided to rain on the day of a play.
Quote #4: “Shakespeare, a member of the Lord Chamberlin’s Men, wrote exclusively for them and most of his greatest plays were performed at the Globe.”
Commentary: Shakespeare was a very important person to the Globe. Almost all of his plays were performed here and loved by everyone. Without him they may have not made as much money from the audience.
Quote #1: “Flanking the inner stage were two doors for entrances and exits… 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 into the sky”
Commentary: They created secret openings to create an intricate entrance and exits so that it could even be used to represent heaven or hell during a play.
Quote #2: “ The Globe was round on the outside and probably round on the inside. The theater 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.”
Commentary: They created a circular building to keep the sound in and to make it less practical and unique, as it seems. It can hold quite a bit of people, but most likely not enough considering how popular the plays were.
Quote #3: “It was not uncommon for audiences to bring food and drink into the theater, and even throw food at the stage when they disliked a performance”
Commentary: Not everyone enjoyed the plays that were put on. So to get there point across they would bring and throw food at the people on stage if they did not like it.
Plays and Costumes
Quote #1: “ A theatre audience does not necessarily want to be whisked from place to place… with its minimal scenery, it allows playwrights to move their stories rapidly from place to place”
Commentary: The scenes for each play were extremely easy to change depending on the play and the scene they were on. But not everyone enjoyed the changing”
Quote #2: “...allowed for unhindered movement on stage, with plenty of room for the battle scenes and sword fights that were an exciting part of many plays”
Commentary: The stage allowed for fight scenes, weapons, and even special effects that the poets may have wanted to include in their play.
Quote #3: “ The costumes were elaborate, and the stage might have been hung with colorful banners and trappings.”
Commentary: Each person had there own costume based on the character they played or the scene they were playing during that time.
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, Reinhart & Winston, 2003, pp. 778-80.
---. “William Shakespeare: The Genius From Stratford.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 776-77.
Miller, Tracy E. “Theater.” The 1960s in America. Ed. Carl Singleton. Hackensack: Salem, 1999. n. pag.Salem Online. Web. 07 Dec. 2016. <http://online.salempress.com>.
Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.
The many people who visit the Globe on a daily basis.