The Three Globe Theatres: Shakespeare’s Theatre

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Known by many as Shakespeare’s theatre, the Globe theatre is the epitome of the statement, “Third times the charm.” As it has burned to the ground, was destroyed by puritans and now stands today in its third, non-flammable form, “The New Globe Theatre.” All three of the Globe theatres have been built in similar fashion with a thrust stage surrounded by a two story; circular shaped building that housed magnificent audiences. Attracted by the special effects and the various plays produced by The Kings Men, the audiences only slowed when outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague occurred. Approximately 400 years ago William Shakespeare’s theatre troop built one of the most famous Elizabethan theatres, “The Globe Theatre.”
At the beginning of the Elizabethan era, prior to 1576, plays took place in inn-yards, the houses of Noblemen, or in extreme circumstances on open ground. Then in 1576, the first playhouse was opened by James Burbage the holder of a lease that allowed him to open “The Theatre.” In the years following the opening of “The Theatre” many open air playhouses sprung up from the ground in and around London. Finally in 1599, the most famous Elizabethan playhouse, “The Globe,” was built by the theatre company in which William Shakespeare had stake. The initial globe theatre, home to Shakespeare’s theatre troupe was only in commission for approximately 14 years, before it was burned to the ground. Not for heresy, but because a special effects canon stuffed with gunpowder and wadding set the thatch roof on fire. The King's Men, formally known as Lord Chamberlain’s Men quickly rebuilt the Globe, but included tile roofing in order to protect the integrity of the Globe. The second Globe Theatre was built in 1614 and was rebuil...

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...the Elizabethan era. This happened in 1593, 1603 and 1608 when all theaters were closed due to the Bubonic Plague. William Shakespeare no doubt used these periods of closure to write more plays and go home to Stratford.
The Globe theatre, although in its third trial run has remained one of the most famous theatres in London. Despite multiple setbacks caused by fire and the Bubonic Plague Shakespeare, possibly the most famous playwright and actor, put the globe on the map with his remarkable plays. Reduced to a tourist attraction, the Globe attracts people from all over the world in order to experience a piece of historical drama that cannot be matched by any other landmark of historical theatre. Approximately 400 years ago William Shakespeare’s theatre troop built one of the most famous Elizabethan theatres, unknowingly cementing their contribution in history.

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