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What is the history of Shakepeare's theatre?

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shake-a0spear123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM via web

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What is the history of Shakepeare's theatre?

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 13, 2009 at 1:23 AM (Answer #1)

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I think what you are asking concerns the history of Shakespear's theater. Shakespeare's plays were performed in the Globe theater. The original Globe was in London and was rebuilt in 1599 by Peter Smith, and burned down in 1613 during a performance of "King Henry VIII". A cannon was being used, and the explosion accidentally burned the place to the ground. There is a lot of evidence that many of Shakespeare's plays were written specifically for the Globe. "The Tempest" specifically refers to the "Great Globe itself". The theater had a balcony which would have been necessary for many of the plays. Today a rebuilt Globe sits on a new site several blocks from the original. Plays are still performed there today.

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