The Globe Theater, where most of Shakespeare's plays debuted, burned down on this day in 1613.The Globe was built by Shakespeare's acting company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, in 1599 from the timbers.Which that increase the risk of burning. he Globe Theatre had used a cannon for several years. A canon had been used for special effects for several years without any problems. The cannon was situated inside the roof, in the attic above the "Heavens" in close to the thatched roof. The cannon was used to create a dramatic special effect such as heralding great entrances especially in the plays which were about an event in history. The cannon was loaded with gunpowder and wadding and on that day an accident happen.
The original Globe Theatre was burned down in June 29 1613. The fire began during a performance of Henry VIII. A play that Shakespeare collaborated with John Fletcher and is believed to have been caused when a theatrical cannon misfired and ignited the theatre’s wood beams and thatching. Like most of the London’s theatres, the Globe was shut by the Puritans in 1642.
The Globe was owned by many actors, who (except for one) were also shareholders in the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Two of the six Globe shareholders, Richard Burbage and his brother Cuthbert Burbage, owned double shares of the whole, or 25% each; the other four men, Shakespeare, John Heminges, Augustine Phillips, and Thomas Pope, owned a single share, or 12.5%. Originally William Kempe was intended to be the seventh partner, but he sold out his share to the four minority sharers, leaving them with more than the originally planned 10%. These proportions of shares changed over time, as new sharers were added. First Shakespeare's share from 1/8 to 1/14, or roughly 7%, over the course of his career.
The original Globe was an Elizabethan theatre which opened in Autumn 1599 in Southwark, on the south bank of the Thames, in an area now known as Bankside. It was one of several major theatres that were located near the area like the Swan, the Rose and the Hope and more. The Globe was the main playhouse of the Lord Chamberlain's Men (who would become the King's Men in 1603). Most of Shakespeare's plays was perform there. Approximately 1599 plays were staged at the Globe, including Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear and Hamlet.
THe globe theatre could hold up to 3000 speactators with it 1000 foot diameters. The seating is divided for each class. The king and queen, the nobles and the lower class. The nobles have to pay 5 penny for a better seat in lord's room. The lower class were callled groundlings and need to pay 1 penny to get in.
This section covering the Globe Theatre Interior includes the following subjects: The Heavens and 'Hell' The Lords Rooms, Tiring House and the Hut The Globe Theatre Stage and Trapdoors The Pit, the Yard, the Galleries Globe Theatre Interior The Pit The Galleries The Entrance Stairs and Access The Stage The Pit, the Yard, the Galleries The Heavens, the Frons Scenae, Lord's rooms, Gentlemen's rooms, Tiring House and the Hut
Globe theatre is one of most famous of all theatres as well as the venue for Shakespeare's plays.The Globe Theatre is well known with its strong association with one of the most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. It was owned by his acting troupe, the Chamberlain’s men, some of his most famous plays had their first performances here including the legendary Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and King Lear. As an outdoor playhouse, it very much demonstrates what it was like to go to the theatre at that time, and today London is lucky to have a rebuilt close to the site of the original. Here you can have an authentic experience of what it would have been like to go to the theatre to ‘Hear a Play’ in the 1600s, standing in the main auditorium and leaning on the stage as you could have done at that time.