The Globe Theatre History/shakespeare/entertainment

Globe Theater Exhibit

Thesis: The Globe Theater's span of existence proved to be very purposeful throughout the years with how it managed to entertain as well as educate the population with its influential history, Shakespeare's noble contributions, as well as the plays and performances that occurred.

View of the Stage from the ground


Quote #1: "Burbage was the father of the famous actor Richard Burbage, star of the Chamberlain’s Men. After a disagreement with the landlord, the company was forced to find new accommodations" (Seidel).

Commentary: This means that the father and owner of The Theater had to move his base of operations, thus creating a new theater being the Globe Theater. This explains why the Globe Theater was created in the first place and how it was originally, in a way, The Theater.

Quote #2: "Richard Burbage and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men dismantled The Theater and moved it across the River Thames to a new site in Southwark" (Lander).

Commentary: This displays how when they moved it, they moved it across a river and rebuilt it. This shows how in order to make the Globe Theater they basically had to move a theater across a river to keep their business alive, in this case making the Globe Theater.

Quote #3: "The theater may have held as many as 3,000 spectators. Its stage occupied the open-air space, with a pit in front for standing viewers" (Lander).

Comme.ntary: This means that the Globe Theater was meant to hold many people at a time so that it could entertain up to 3,000 people at a time. This shows that this theater was built to entertain audiences at a variety of sizes.

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Contributions:

Quote #4: "Shakespeare was one of six shareholders who signed the lease for the new site in 1599" (Lander).

Commentary: This means that Shakespeare invested in the Globe Theater when it was first being created being a big risk on his part. This shows how Shakespeare contributed a lot to the Globe Theater by putting his own money into the creation.

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" (Lander).

Commentary: This means that Shakespeare and his acting company stayed at the Globe Theatre until it was closed. The quote obviously displays how Shakespeare occupied and provided business for the Globe Theatre until it was shut down.

Quote #6: "He had a theater that needed plays, actors who needed parts, and a family that needed to be fed" (Anderson).

Commentary: This means that Shakespeare has some ownership over the theater and needed and wanted to make sure he did not waste his time or his money. This shows how he had to contribute not just his money, but his time at the theater.

View of Stage from upper seating

Plays and Performances:

Quote #7: This was the theater for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays" (Anderson).

Commentary: This means that Shakespeare created and produced many of his performances at the Globe Theatre. This means that the core of business that kept the Globe Theatre functioning was Shakespeare's plays that he wrote.

Quote #8: "The Comedy of Errors has little character portrayal or fine poetry. But the play is filled with intrigue, broad humor, and physical comedy, which makes it highly effective theater" (Lander).

Commentary: This means that "The Comedy of Errors" is not very majestic but it still managed to entertain many people serving the theatres purpose. This obviously shows how the plays were meant to entertain the people in different ways.

Quote #9: "Henry V is a five-act historical play by the English dramatist William Shakespeare. Its full title is King Henry V. It was written and performed in 1599, possibly the first Shakespeare play staged at the Globe Theater, owned by Shakespeare and his acting company, in the Southwark borough of London" (Seidel).

Commentary: This means that the plays in the theater also displayed historical information to educate the people. This boasts the purpose by entertaining the audience while also feeding them information about historical information.

Quote #10: "In spite of the play’s emphasis on spectacular violence, it does have moments of highly charged and effective poetry" (Lander).

Commentary: This shows how the plays presented in the theater had both violence and emotional poetry. This displays how the plays and performances could be about anything as long as it entertains the people.

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.

---. "William Shakespeare's Life: A 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.

Henry V.. Seidel, Michael. "Henry V." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. "Globe Theatre." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

Shakespeare, William.. Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.


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