The Globe Theatre, A.K.A Shakespearean Globe, was the most popular and unique Elizabethan Theater in the late sixteenth century. William Shakespeare would often refer to the Globe as the “wooden O.” The Globe Theater was built in1597 by Peter Smith.
The layout of the Globe Theater was very complex in which it could house up to 3,000 people. The Globe was like an open arena, but with a stage in the center. The Globe had only one main entrance. The theater was an octagonal shape with approximately 20 sides and was three tiers high of roofed wooden galleries. There were two sets of stairs on either side of the entrance. In the middle of the theater there was a stage, supported by two columns. In the middle of the stage there is a Trap door. The stage wall framework included two doors on both sides of the stage, which lead to the back stage where all the props and costumes were stored. Between the two doors is curtained off for the inner stage which sets an indoor setting. Just above the inner stage there would be an upper stage, where they would do bedroom scenes or balcony type scenes. Unlike the Globe Theater, the stage had a roof and hut on top. On top of the hut there would be a flag, the flag would symbolize which type of play was being performed. The Globe didn’t have an artificial method of lighting, the light used was from the sun, so the plays normally were performed in the afternoon.
The admission cost was based on the location of the seat, making it affordable to everyone. At the entrance of the theater there would be a box office. As people would enter the theater they had to pay the admissions collector. To stand in front of the stage it would cost people only one penny. If they wanted to sit on the first gallery it woul...
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...1660, the restoration, and the demise in power of the puritans, sees the opening of theaters again, but the Globe Theater is never re-built.
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