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by William Shakespeare

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When Shakespeare's actors like did the plays where exactly did they perform & who went exactly? Was it both rich & poor people or just rich snobbs? i guess what i mean up there is like who exactly went to his plays & like did they love it hate it or just dig it? cuz if like they did not dig the plays why spend the money? or like how much "moola" did these ppl spend to go see a play?

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Shakespeare's audience was very mixed. The nobility came, but so did the "groundlings," as they were called.

The poorest would have stood, not sat, and would have brought cheap (and probably smelly) food with them. If they didn't like the plays, they would have tossed it at the stage.

As far as we know, people went because they liked it. You might think of it this way. Relatively few people could read (probably no more than half), and books would be very expensive. There were no movies, and no recorded music. Except for other period entertainments like bear baiting, the theater was it.

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parkej | Student

The Theartre was quite a small place, it was a gavering for familys and friends as they had no tv or radio. There was nothing to do in there days and you would have to stand up and if you wanted a seat you would have to pay extra. 

giovanna | Student

why did shakespear built the globe theatre

giovanna | Student

who were the people that went to shakespeare globe theatre

bwoody | Student

Shakespeare's actors usually performed plays in The Globe Theatre (which was Shakespeare's theatre). His plays were written to the specifications of the Globe. Other times, the actors performed at the Blackfriars, which was an indoor theatre. Patrons of Shakespeare's plays were both rich and poor. The poorest patrons were groundlings who stood around the stage to watch the play. Richer patrons had seats in the surrounding balconies. If people loved it, they really got into it. For example, the groundlings would paint their faces with the blood from the "battle" scenes to show their appreciation of the performance. If they didn't like the play (usually within 15 minutes), they would throw food purchased at the play at the actors. Shakespeare's plays though were popular because they appealed to the masses of people, who gladly paid 4 cents to see a play.