When plays began, white, red, and black flags were raised. What did each flag represent?
The flags flown over the Globe Theatre were a way of advertising, since many people then did not know how to read. Also, the play changed very frequently -- sometimes as many as 20 different plays in one month!
White flags signalled a comedy -- white was used to symbolize a light subject.
Black flags signalled a tragedy -- black being the color associated with death.
Red flags signalled a history -- red being the color of blood.