What was the architectural shape (octagon) of the globe theater?we are making a reporduction of the sturcture that is due this tuesday 3/9/10 time is crucial thank you

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is commonly noted that the Globe Theatre was an octagon, though it did have more than eight sides, as noted above.  It was constructed with wooden pegs, and the reconstructed Globe was built in the same manner.  The structure was open to the sky in the middle, since the best lighting of the day was natural light from the outside.  The roof was thatched with straw--and was the reason it burned at least one of the times.  Today, the structure does have an open roof and relies on natural lighting for most productions (though when I attended a production they did use Christmas lights for the benefit of the audience who needed to see well enough to find their seats and get in and out of the theatre).  The roof is still thatched, but sprinklers have been installed in order to prevent a fire.  Shakespeare referred to his theatre as the "Wooden O," and that's exactly what it looks like, especially from above.

margaretlouise | Student


It's a polygon, but has more than 8 sides such that it's quite round, almost like a circle.  I think one of your best resources for making a replica would be the website of Shakespeare's Globe in London--lots of scholarly research went into making it accurate.

THere's a virtual tour of the inside, which I'm attaching, and I'm also attaching the floorplan for seating, since it's helpful for understanding how the inside of the theatre is set up.

*there's also a really great eNote on the Globe--check it out!  it includes pictures that may be useful.*