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In 1613, the original Globe Theatre burned to the ground when a cannon shot during a performance of ignited the thatched roof of the gallery. The company completed a new Globe on the foundations of its predecessor before Shakespeare's death. It continued operating until 1642, when the Puritans closed it down (and all the other theatres, as well as any place, for that matter, where people might be entertained). Puritans razed the building two years later in 1644 to build tenements upon the premises. The Globe would remain a ghost for the next 352 years.
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Shakespeare's company erected the storied Globe Theatre circa 1599 in London's Bankside district. It was one of four major theatres in the area, along with the Swan, the Rose, and the Hope. The open-air, polygonal amphitheater rose three stories high with a diameter of approximately 100 feet, holding a seating capacity of up to 3,000 spectators. The rectangular stage platform on which the plays were performed was nearly 43 feet wide and 28 feet deep. This staging area probably housed trap doors in its flooring and primitive rigging overhead for various stage effects.
Above, you can see the outside of the Globe Theatre during its construction. The Globe was not a remarkable design in Tudor theatre construction, although we think of it as being unique today. Most of the theatres that dottedSouthwark looked very much like this one. The design of the "wooden O" wasfavored because it let in the most light. Plays like , thatare very conscious of a play (for instance, the prologue in apologizes to the audience for the inadequacy of thestage, and asks us to use our imagination) can teach historians and studentsof literature alike how Elizabethan theatre worked, and what the experience of a Shakespearean play would have been like for people who lived during thattime.
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The Shakespeare400 season includes theatre, music, opera, dance, exhibitions with an emphasis on creative curation, and a range of educational events to help new audiences engage with Shakespeare’s work. The season is designed to demonstrate the ongoing vibrancy of Shakespeare’s creative influence in national and global culture, and in the process to extend and enhance the legacy of the World Shakespeare Festival of 2012.
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The story of the original Globe's construction might be worthy of a Shakespearean play of its own. The Lord Chamberlain's Men had been performing in the Theatre, built by James Burbage (the father of Richard Burbage) in 1576. In 1597, although the company technically owned the Theatre, their lease on the land on which it stood expired. Their landlord, Giles Allen, desired to tear the Theatre down. This led the company to purchase property at Blackfriars in Upper Frater Hall, which they bought for £600 and set about converting for theatrical use.
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