Architecture of the Theatre
Thesis: The globe theatre was a very important contribution to theater history Quote 1: Shakespeare called his theatre a "wooden O" It was a large, round building, three stories high , with a large platform stage that projected from one end into a yard open to the sky.
commentary: The large open o shaped roof to the play house helped Shakespeare come up with this nickname for the Globe Theatre
Quote 2: since the stage was open to the sky there was no need for stage lighting
commentary: The creativity in the staging and performance area helped Shakespeare's audience to get the best experience out of his plays as possible. His plays were performed and written to truly influence his audience and the setting of the performance has a lot to do with it.
quote 3: we can see that this stage, with its few sets and many acting areas-- forestage ,inner stage, and upper stage-- made for a theatre of great fluidity. That is, scene could follow scene with almost cinematic ease.
commentary: The stages in Shakespeare's theatre allowed for easy transition from one scene to the next, this allowed the audience to have a better experience at these plays.
quote 4: The Canopy hung above stage to protect players and their costumes from rain, it also had a trapdoor for lowering boys playing angels descending from the heavens.
commentary: The canopy played a huge part in the architecture of the globe theatre, without it many shows would have had to have been canceled due to rain but since the canopy could protect them, the show could go on no matter what the conditions were.
Success of the Theatre
quote 5: The Globe proved to be a wise investment, and it remained a home to Shakespeare’s acting company until the religious reformers known as Puritans closed the theaters in 1642, during the English Civil War.
commentary: The theatre was a very good investment, it stuck around a long time and after it closed it was reopened many years later
quote 6: Shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life. Year after year he provided it with plays almost on demand.
commentary: Shakespeare contributed to the theatres plays, the his shows that the theatre was successful because people demanded plays from the theatre/ Shakespeare.
quote 7: It is important that we understand Shakespeare's theatre because it influenced how he wrote his plays. Shakespeare took the theatre of his time, and he used it brilliantly.
commentary: even today Shakespeare's theatre would have been viewed as successful and still is viewed as successful.
History of the Theatre
quote 8: 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. 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.
commentary: The theatre had a lot of history before it was even built, the wood was used from the original play house giving it lots of character and history.
quote 9: 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.
commentary: The theatre was built due to disagreements with the landlord of the original theatre, so they moved the new location across the river and rebuilt it with wood from the old theater
quote 10: Whatever the precise details of this venture, the Globe was constructed mainly from secondhand materials. One way to frame the decision to recycle is to note that the finances of the Burbages were too strained in the late 1590s to afford new building materials. Another way to frame the decision is to note both that the Burbages were fiscally strapped and that the expense of new materials would have been prohibitive even under more auspicious financial circumstances. Economic and ecological factors pertaining to the health of England’s woodlands, by this logic, might have motivated this large-scale recycling project as much as insufficient funds. But before enshrining the Globe into the halls of environmentalism for its status as a recycled object, we should bear in mind that its ancestor—the Theatre—had left a notch in the history of England’s woodlands well before the turn of the seventeenth century.
commentary: The theatre was built from recycled materials for many reasons but mostly for ecological and economical reasons.
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