When was the original Globe Theatre designed?

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thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Globe Theatre has a long history as a performance space. The history actually begins with a building known as The Theatre in Shoreditch, an area now part of Hackney, London. It was built by James Burbage in 1576, and it served as a venue for, inter alia, Lord Chamberlain's Men, of which Shakespeare was a member. 

The original Globe Theatre was built in London in 1599 at Maiden Lane in the neighborhood of Southwark using timber salvaged from The Theatre. The investors and owners were Richard and his brother Cuthbert Burbage (sons of James Burbage), John Heminges, Augustine Phillips, Thomas Pope, and William Shakespeare. All of these men were actors in the  Lord Chamberlain's Men, and the theater was built specifically for company performances. It was probably completed in summer or early fall. The Globe was designed in 1598 as a result of a contract dispute over the land on which The Theatre was leased.

The original Globe burned down on 29 June 1613 and was rebuilt in 1614. It was permanently closed by the Puritans in 1642 and the building destroyed in 1644 or 1645.

In 1997 a modern reproduction called  "Shakespeare's Globe" was built a few hundred yards from the original site.

edcon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The actor-manager James Burbage built the original theater, which at the time was called "The Theater," in Shoreditch in London's east end in 1576.  It was, theater historians aver, the first "purpose-built" theater in London, though it housed athletic competitions in addition to plays. A circular design, it had no roof, making it technically an amphitheater. It had three galleries.  

After the lease of the land expired and Burbage died, his sons dismantled the original building called "The Theater" and took the lumber to a second site in Southwark, in central London. By early 1599 the theater was operational and was called "The Globe." A thatched roof was added, and some actors, including William Shakespeare, bought shares in it.

The Globe burned to the ground in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII and was rebuilt with a tile roof; this was called the second Globe.  It was demolished in 1644 after sitting idle for a couple of years when London was briefly under a Puritan administration.  

charmello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have found numerous sources with dates ranging from 1576 to 1599...(Watch that you do not use the rebuilding date - It was rebuilt after a fire)





I hope this helps!

kbeck016 | Student