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The Elizabethan Theater
Transcript of The Elizabethan Theater
When were plays
performed and how were plays announced?
Why is the Globe Theater so Famous?
It was not only co-owned by Shakespeare but many of his greatest plays were performed in the Globe Theater.
The Globe theater was set on fire by a spark from a canon shot to mark the entrance of the King, but was rebuilt.
It was known for a good atmosphere. Even people who weren't going for plays surrounded the building because it was a energetic vibe.
Who Was Richard Burbage?
Born: January 6, 1568, London, United Kingdom
Who were the King's Men, or Chamberlain's Men?
The Elizabethan Theater
"Elizabethan Theatres." Elizabethan Theatres. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2015.
"Richard Burbage." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
They were not played by women
Played by young boys.
The globe was an open designed and structured arena. 1500 plus audience capacity.
Up to 3000 people would flock to the theatre and its grounds.
Design and structure was similar but far smaller version (1500 -3000 audience capacity) than the Coliseum of the Roman period (50,000 audience capacity) allowing the maximum number of playgoers in the space available
"Richard Burbage." Richard Burbage. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
"Globe Theatre Female Roles." Globe Theatre Female Roles. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.
What aloud for them to play women roles?
Family: Son of James Burbage who founded the first theatre
Career: Actor, theatrical entrepreneur and painter
Scenery and props
Famous as : The most famous actor of the Globe Theatre of his time. Principal actor in plays written by both Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare
Negatives and down sides.
The white led based paint
took long time to get into costume
their wadges were paid to their masters.
He was named as one of the leading actors who performed in the plays which were listed in William Shakespeare's First Folio
Richard Burbage played all of the most celebrated lead roles of of William Shakespeare including Hamlet, Richard III, Othello and King Lear
In 1596 Richard and his brother Cuthbert, pulled down the Shoreditch house and used the materials to erect the Globe theatre
William Shakespeare, John Heminges, Augustine Phillips and Thomas Pope were co-owners of the Globe Theatre
He died in March 13, 1619
"Internet Shakespeare Editions." The Lord Chamberlain's Men. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2015.
The company was originally formed under the patronage of Lord Strange, but when he died in 1594, the players found a patron in Henry Carey, the Lord Chamberlain.
The reorganized company performed at the Theatre and the Curtain; in 1599 they moved to the newly built Globe. By 1600 they had emerged as the leading theatrical company in London, and in 1603 became the King's Men under a royal patent from James I
Shakespeare may have been an original member of the company; he had certainly achieved prominence as a sharer by March, 1595. He is known to have acted in some of Ben Jonson's plays, and there is a legend that he played the ghost in Hamlet, and Adam in As You Like It.
On 19 May, 1603, the Lord Chamberlain's Men became the King's Men, and Letters Patent were issued.
refers to the open air yard of the Globe Theatre, built in 1599, where one could pay a penny to stand and watch the show
"The Life & Times of a Groundling." ArtsEmerson Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
The Globe Theatre Groundlings stood in the Yard, or pit, to watch the plays being performed. This was the cheapest part of the theatre, there were no seats and the entrance price was 1d which was equivalent to about 10% of a days wages
"Globe Theatre Groundlings." Globe Theatre Groundlings. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
The Globe Theatre Heavens was the name given for the false ceiling over the stage. The 'Heavens' provided shelter for the actors and their costumes during inclement weather.
"Globe Theatre Heavens." Globe Theatre Heavens. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
"Elizabethan Costume." Elizabethan Costume. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2015.
Of the era at times
Elaborate and well thought out
fabric (what and where)
involvement of fabric and color in patterns
Color and fabric
class/ places in society
silk, valet, fur, ect.
wool, linen, sheep skin.....velvet and silk trimmings aloud
"Material & Fabrics Used in ElizabethanEra Clothing." Material & Fabrics Used in Elizabethan Era Clothing. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
Not used often
Had meaning and sole purposes was to enhance moment
exploding= grand entrance
"Globe Theatre Props." Globe Theatre Props. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2015.
Set of chairs
Gave seance of place
"Shakespeare's Globe Theatre." Shakespeare's Globe Theatre at AbsoluteShakespeare.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.
Other skills actors needed
Perform there own stunts
During sword fights they would need to be able to fall convincingly
Over-act, making exaggerated gestures with there arms and hands to enhance the plot.
They were built outside of the city.
Things that went on were viewed as immoral to the Church
Diseases could spread much quicker because people were closer together
Brightest and easiest to see performers
Emotions on faces could be read from the audience
Plays were advertised by a flag sticking out of the theater
Different color flags meant diferent genre plays
Red=History, Black= Tragedy, White=Comedy