Globe Theatre Analysis

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3. The Globe

The Globe Theatre, also known as Shakespeare's playhouse, was without a doubt the most popular playhouse in the time of the 16th and 17th century, of course, through Shakespeare's fame, but also because many of his plays had their première there.
In 1599, the carpenter Peter Street got the order by the two Burbage brothers, Richard and Cuthbert Burbage, to build a brand new, unprecedented playhouse in London. The Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men, were also part of this project as the five players William Shakespeare, Thomas Pope, John Hemmings, Augustine Phillips and William Kemp owned a tenth of the company's shares each, whilst Richard Burbage, the leader of the troupe, and Cuthbert Burbage, who wasn't
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It is estimated that it was about 45 feet wide, 30 feet long and with a wooden floor. Special effects were enabled through a trap door in the stage, where, for example, smoke could have arisen, and through the so-called Heaven, a part of the stage's roof that was built on pillars from a single trunk, where actors could hide and perform, for example, flying effects with tightropes and do special entrances. The normal entrances were at the back of the stage, where a curtained middle one and a lateral one on the left and right were used for introducing new characters to the…show more content…

The theatre world of the Shakespearean Era in London was a big progress for the whole history of theatre. People like William Shakespeare, James Burbage and the King's Men made it possible to create a completely new form of watching plays. Although they introduced plenty of innovations to the playhouses and the plays themselves, the low-pricing policy of the Globe was affordable for nearly everyone, no matter what class you were from and enabled a large spread of plays or any kind of entertainment. William Shakespeare used the public playhouse to première many of his plays, like Macbeth, The Winter's Tale or Richard II and he really had a passion for it.
Those happenings in the late 16th and early 17th century paved the way for a legal and censor free theatre experience in the modern world and plays like Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and the revolutionary way they were circulated will never fall into
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