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What is Shakespeare's Globe Theater?

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anita13579 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 5, 2009 at 8:44 AM via web

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What is Shakespeare's Globe Theater?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 5, 2009 at 9:14 AM (Answer #1)

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The Globe Theater is the theater most connected with William Shakespeare.  It stood in the Southwark district of what is now London, on the south bank of the Thames River.

Shakespeare's plays were staged in other theaters as well, but the Globe was where his most famous plays were first produced.

The building, constructed in 1599, probably held somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 people for performances.  The original building burned in 1613 when its thatched roof was set on fire by a cannon that was fired during a performance of Henry VIII.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted November 6, 2009 at 3:16 PM (Answer #2)

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Globe Theater was a theater in London built in 1599, closely associated with Shakespeare's playing company.  Shakespeare was a part owner of this theater, having 1/8th of the ownership. However over a period his ownership was diluted over a period.

The original structure of Globe Theater caught fire on June 29, 1613 during a stage performance of Henry the Eighth, when a theatrical cannon accidentally misfired and started a fire in a wooden beam and thatching. In this fire the Globe was damaged extensively. However it was rebuilt and restarted the following year.The Globe Theater was finally closed in 1642, and finally pulled down in 1644.

A modern Globe theater was built at Southwark, London as a lasting memorial to Shakespeare. The work on its construction was started in 1993, and the theater was opened in 1997. It is an open air amphitheatre where plays are preformed. It also has a museum attached to it.

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