When plays began, white, red, and black flags were raised. What did each flag represent?

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cburr eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.