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Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre.

An overview of the history surrounding the Globe theatre.
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miss Thompson

on 11 April 2011

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Transcript of Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre.

The Globe Theatre. Some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays were first performed at the Globe theatre, which was built on the South Bank of the River Thames in 1599.
Because the Globe was an open-air theatre, plays were only put on during daylight hours in spring and summer. People paid a penny to stand in the central space to watch the play, and were known as ‘The groundlings’. Those who paid more money sat in the tiers of seating which provided a better view and less chance of being rained on. The Elizabethans did not bathe very often and the audiences at the Globe were smelly.
Fine Ladies and gentleman in the more expensive seats sniffed perfume and sweetly-scented herbs to cover the stink rising from the ‘Groundlings.’
There were no actresses on the stage; all the female characters in Shakespeare’s plays would have been acted by boys, wearing wigs and make-up.
Audiences were not well-behaved. People clapped and cheered when their favourite actors came on stage; bad actors were jeered at and sometimes pelted with whatever came to hand.
Shakespeare understood the magic of the theatre so well that today, almost four hundred years after his death, his plays still cast a spell over the thousands of people that go to see them.
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