- Trivia Fact 2 - There
was no heating in the Globe theatre. Plays were performed in the
summer months and transferred to the indoor playhouses during the
- Trivia Fact 3 - The
Globe was built in a similar style to the Coliseum, but on a smaller
scale - other Elizabethan Theatres followed this style of
architecture - they were called amphitheatres.
- Trivia Fact 4 -
Elizabethan theatres were also used for bear baiting, gambling and
for immoral purposes
- Trivia Fact 5 -
Elizabethan theatres attracted huge crowds - up to 3000 people
- Trivia Fact 6 -
Shakespeare and his company built TWO Globe Theatres.
- Trivia Fact 7 - The
Globe theatre was built by a carpenter called Peter Smith together
with his workforce. They started building in 1597 and it was
finished in 1598
- Trivia Fact 8 - Many
Londoners were strict Protestants - Puritans in fact, who abhorred
the theatres and many of the people they attracted and in 1596
London's authorities banned the public presentation of plays and all
theatres within the city limits of London. All theaters located in
the City were forced to move to the South side of the River Thames
- Trivia Fact 9 -
At the start of the play after collecting money from the audience
the admission collectors put the boxes in a room backstage - the box
- Trivia Fact 10 - All
theaters located in the City were forced to move to the South side
of the River Thames leading to the building of the Globe theatre
- Trivia Fact 11 - Music
was an extra effect added in the 1600's. The musicians would also
reside in the Lords rooms
- Trivia Fact 12 -
Advertising - Flags were erected on the day of the performance which
sometimes displayed a picture advertising the next play to be
- Trivia Fact 13 - Colour
coding was used to advertise the type of play to be performed - a
black flag meant a tragedy , white a comedy and red a history.
- Trivia Fact 14 - A
trumpet was sounded to announce to people that the play was about to
begin at the Globe Theatre in order for people to take their final
- Trivia Fact 15 - During
the height of the summer the groundlings were also referred to as '
stinkards ' for obvious reasons
- Trivia Fact 16 - The
Globe was built by carpenter Peter Smith and his workers and was the
most magnificent theater that London had ever seen. It was built
between 1597 -1598.
- Trivia Fact 17 - In
Shakespeare’s time copyright did not exist. Rival theater companies
would send their members to attend plays to produce unauthorised
copies of plays - notes were made and copied as quickly as possible.
- Trivia Fact 18 - The
Globe would have particularly attracted young people and the were
many complaints of apprentices avoiding work in order to go to the
- Trivia Fact 19 - A crest
displaying Hercules bearing the globe on his shoulders together with
the motto "Totus mundus agit histrionem" ( the whole world is a
playhouse ) was displayed above the main entrance of the Globe
Theater. This phrase was slightly re-worded in the William
Shakespeare play As You Like It - "All the world’s a stage" which
was performed at the Globe Theater.
- Trivia Fact 20 - Special
effects at the Globe were also a spectacular addition at the theater
allowing for smoke effects, the firing of a real canon, fireworks
(for dramatic battle scenes) and spectacular 'flying' entrances from
the rigging in the 'heavens'.
- Trivia Fact 21 - In just
two weeks Elizabethan theaters could often present “eleven
performances of ten different plays”.
- Trivia Fact 22 - There
were no actresses. Female characters had to be played by young boys.
The acting profession was not a credible one and it was unthinkable
that any woman would appear in a play.
- Trivia Fact 23 - Many of
the boy actors died of poisoning due to the vast quantities of lead
in their make-up
- Trivia Fact 24 -
Shakespeare's first biographer, Nicholas Rowe, referred to a role
performed by William Shakespeare at the Globe theatre as "the Ghost
in his own Hamlet" in which he was was "the top of his performance".
- Trivia Fact 25 -
Published plays required a licence, which provided a form of
censorship by the Elizabethan state.
- Trivia Fact 26 - Fire at
the Globe Theatre broke out in June 29 1613
- Trivia Fact 27 - The
second Globe Theatre was built shortly after in 1614
- Trivia Fact 28 - The
Puritans ended the Globe Theatre. In 1642 the Puritan Parliament
issued an ordinance suppressing all stage plays. The Puritans
demolish the Globe Theatre in 1644.
- Trivia Fact 29 - All theaters located in the City were forced to move to the South side
of the River Thames
- Trivia Fact 30 - The
site of the old Globe theatre was rediscovered in the 20th century
and a reconstruction of a New Globe Theatre has been built near the