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Globe Theatre History

Picture of the Globe Theatre

Picture of the Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre History

The history of the theater is fascinating. How plays were first produced in the yards of inns - the Inn-yards. The very first theater and the development of the amphitheatre. The Elizabethan Entrepreneurs ( the men with the ideas and the money.).

The building, design and construction of the Globe. The builders. The location. There were two Globe Theatres. The plays, the playwrights, the politics and the propaganda all play an important part in its history. The great success of the theater and the part that the Puritans played in its downfall.

  • The History of the Inn-Yards and the Amphitheatre. The actors started performing their plays in the courtyards of inns, or taverns, called 'Inn-yards'. There were no purpose built theaters until 1576 when the 'Theater' was built
  • Plays were banned from London City Limits. Many Londoners were strict Protestants - Puritans in fact, who abhorred the theatres and many of the people they attracted. Objections to the theaters escalated from the Church and the City of London Officials. Respectable London citizens added even more objections about the rise in crime and the bawdy nature of some of the plays, fighting, drinking not to mention the risk of so many people and the spread of the Bubonic Plague. Finally, in 1596 London's authorities were unwilling to ignore the growing complaints any longer and the public presentation of plays and all theaters within the City limits of London were banned.
  • The 'Theatre' falls and the Globe rises. The Globe was a new theater and the most famous actor was William Shakespeare who acted and wrote plays for the Globe theater
  • The Globe Theatre Entrepreneurs - there was money to be made from the Elizabethan theaters. The actors had a stake, including Shakespeare, as did Richard Burbage
  • Who built the Globe Theatre? The Globe theater was built in 1599 the Globe Theatre was opened on Bankside - to the South of London.
  • The Globe Productions included the most famous early plays of William Shakespeare
  • Plays and Propaganda - Plays produced at the Globe theater had to be vetted to ensure that no unwanted propaganda was spread to the masses of Londoners
  • Fire at the Globe Theatre broke out in June 29 1613
  • The second Globe Theatre was built shortly after in 1614
  • 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.
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