The Globe Theatre Isaac Jimenez P6 English 9a

The Globe Theatre was constructed in 1599 by Cuthberth and Richard Burbage. It was located in London. A poet named Shakespeare had partially owned it. There is not much that is known about the Globe Theatre, but it can be studied by the maps and plays presented there. It was important cause if it's History, Detail, Performances, and what it looked like.


About: The Globe Theatre was created in 1576 by Cuthbert Burbage and Richard Burbage. This theater was partially owned by Shakespeare in 1599.

Quote: "Globe Theatre, London playhouse, built in 1598, where most of Shakespeare's plays were first presented. It burned in 1613, was rebuilt in 1614, and was destroyed by the Puritans in 1644. A working replica opened in 1997" ("Globe").

Commentary: This had been a very well known theater in 1599. There were around 3,000 viewers each performance. This was clearly a big success for Shakespeare.

Shakespeare: William Shakespeare was an English poet, actor, and playwright. He was very well known in London and created plays performed in the Globe Theatre.

Quote: "He is the most famous writer in the world, but he left us no journals or letters-He left us only his poems and his plays. What we know about William Shakespeare's personal life comes mostly from church and legal documents" (Anderson 776).

Commentary: Shakespeare put his finest work into the Globe Theatre. He would always perform there as there were up to 3,000 viewers watching.

Shakespeare's Life: Shakespeare's occupation in playwriting was not common to the English. The English did not care much about it.

Quote: "During Shakespeare’s time, the English cared little about keeping biographical information unrelated to affairs of the church or state. In addition, playwriting was not a highly regarded occupation, and so people saw little point in recording the lives of mere dramatists. However, a number of records exist that deal with Shakespeare’s life. They include church registers and accounts of business dealings. Although these records are few and incomplete by modern standards, they provide much information. By relating these records to various aspects of English history and society, scholars have constructed a believable and largely comprehensive account of Shakespeare’s life. However, gaps remain. Perhaps the most frustrating gap is the general absence of personal papers that might provide access to the playwright’s thoughts and feelings. As a result, biographers almost always examine the plays and poems for autobiographical clues" (Lander).

Commentary: This means that Shakespeare changed society. He made people think differently about poetry and playwriting.

What it looked like

Globe Theater Shape: The theater was shaped as a polygon on the outside, and circular on the inside. Again, this is not confirmed, this has been estimated.

Quote: "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" (Lander).

Commentary: Again, this is not the confirmed appearance of the Globe Theatre. This is what it was estimated to be.

The Stage: The state is surrounded by the viewing area. And was usually crowded with people.

Quote: "The stage of a public theater was a large platform that projected into the pit. This arrangement allowed the audience to watch from the front and sides. The performers, nearly surrounded by spectators, thus had close contact with most of their audience. The main stage had a large trap door. Actors playing the parts of ghosts and spirits could rise and disappear through the door. The trap door, when opened, could also serve as a grave" (Lander).

Commentary: This stage is surrounded by 3,000 people during the performance. It is interesting to think of the difficulty to watch in peace.


King Henry V: King Henry V was a very popular performance written by Shakespeare and performed in the Globe Theatre. This act was performed in 1599. This was possibly the first play staged at the Globe Theatre.

Quote:"The man who would become Henry V, king of England and regent of France, is familiar to modern readers and audiences as the Prince Hal of William Shakespeare’s plays, but his contemporaries knew him in his youth as Henry of Monmouth. His father, Henry, duke of Lancaster, was similarly known from his birthplace as Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV) and was the cousin of the reigning monarch, Richard II" (Witkoski).

Commentary: This is one of the first plays Shakespeare has performed in the Globe Theatre. It was a very popular one.

Henry VIII Incident: The Globe Theater was burnt down in 1613, rebuild on the same foundation, and reopened in 1614. Unfortunately it was shut down in 1642. It was torn down, and reconstructed in 1996. The flames began due to an accident with the stage props

Quote: "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" (Lander).

Commentary: I can only wonder what it would have been like to be in the Globe Theatre during this performance. The fact that there were probably around a few thousand people there, it would have been difficult to get out of there unharmed or dead.

Romeo and Juliet: Romeo and Juliet was one of Shakespeare's most well known pieces of work. This tragedy based story was probably performed in 1596. It was published in 1597.

Quote: "In Verona, Italy, there live two famous families, the Montagues and the Capulets. These two houses are deadly enemies, and their enmity does not stop at harsh words, but extend to bloody duels. Romeo, son of old Montague, thinks himself in love with haughty Rosaline, a beautiful girl who does not return his affection. Hearing that Rosaline is to attend a great feast at the house of Capulet, Romeo and his trusted friend, Mercutio, don masks and enter the great hall of their enemy as guests. Romeo is no sooner in the ballroom than he notices the exquisite Juliet, Capulet’s daughter, and instantly forgets his disdainful Rosaline. Romeo never saw Juliet before, and in asking her name he arouses the suspicion of Tybalt, a fiery member of the Capulet clan. Tybalt draws his sword and faces Romeo. Old Capulet, coming upon the two men, parts them, and with the gentility that comes with age requests that they have no bloodshed at the feast. Tybalt, however, is angered that a Montague should take part in Capulet festivities and afterward nurses a grudge against Romeo" (Atchity).

Commentary: This makes me wonder on how he thinks of these plots. It seemed that he never really ran out of ideas.

Romeo and Juliet Detail: This was his most memorable work that is a common story today.

Quote: "Romeo and Juliet was probably among the early plays that Shakespeare wrote" (Andrew 777).

Commentary: This is the only story I really know from Shakespeare. All of his other works is as good as this.


Sounds and costumes:The scenery, sounds and costumes were very expensive. They had to have them to higher the excitement in the crowd. They had a very high budget then. They had even dressed up children as woman due to the fact woman did not have the right to take place in plays or performances.

Quote: "The absence of scenery did not result in dull or drab productions. Acting companies spent much money on colorful costumes, largely to produce visual splendor. Flashing swords and swirling banners also added color and excitement" (Lander).

Commentary: This shows that the scenery, design and sound effects were very expensive. Lander states that the lack of scenery and design did not result in boring companies.

The Spectators: There were around 3,000 people watching the performance on stage. They would surround the stage.

Quote: "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. The stage was surrounded by several levels of seating" (Lander).

Commentary: This makes me think of how little room the spectators had watching the performance. The Globe Theatre must have been crowded

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.

Atchity, Kenneth John. “Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare.” Salem Press Encyclopedia Of Literature (2015): Topic Overviews 6-12. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.

“Globe Theatre.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1. Literary Reference Center. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

Witkoski, Michael. “Henry V.” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia (2016): Topic Overviews 6-12. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.


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