• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Globe Theatre Old and the New.

Extracts from this document...


The original Globe opened in 1599. It burned down in 1613 and was immediately rebuilt. It was closed by the Puritans in 1642. Now, 200 yards from its original site, after almost 400 years, the Globe Theatre has been opened to the public again. Her Majesty the Queen officially inaugurated the rebuilt playhouse on Thursday 12 June 1997, its Opening Season ran from 29 May to 21 September 1997, and every summer it now offers performances of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries on the type of stage they were written for, many of them in authentic clothing. The Globe Theatre presents a lavishly painted stage with trompe l'oeil decoration, in the heart of the 'Wooden 'O' '. The playhouse is made up of 20 bays constituting a nearly circular structure. They are built with oak beams and goat and lime plaster. The roof is thatched. In Elizabethan times, the building would have been rendered, i.e. the timber would not have been visible. The outside would have been white. The original Globe was surrounded by trees, whereas the new Globe is right by the bank of the Thames. ...read more.


Behind the wall, the Tiring House is the part of the playhouse where Elizabethan actors would get dressed. In the Renaissance, the surface of the stage would have been strewn with rushes, which acted as an insulant, and were also used in London homes. The stage is 5 feet high, which makes quite difficult to climb onto or jump from, but ensures that most groundlings (standing audience) see the action. It is believed that Elizabethan actors would not have left the stage to play in the yard because of the risk it presented to their persons and their clothing. In the original Globe, you could sit on the wooden benches of one of three galleries when it rained or if you could afford to pay two pence rather than the one-penny groundlings paid to stand in the yard. Your padded clothes would have provided some comfort, but as there was no limit on the number of people, it probably got rather cramped. The original Globe could house up to 3000 playgoers, whereas the new Globe has a limit of 1700, of which 1000 are seated in the galleries. ...read more.


Early Modern patrons probably had to go though the Tiring House to access these seats, but in the new Globe there are also communication doors between the Tiring House (backstage area) and the galleries. The yard is the most original part of the Globe: up to 700 people can stand in it, huddling around the stage, some watching the action from closer than any theatre can offer. They are free to move around, though on very busy days it can be rather difficult. In the original Globe, 1000 people could stand in the yard, and it got so smelly and hot that they were also nicknamed "stinkards". Food and drink can be bought in the yard, or just outside, and consumed during the performance. But the groundlings are the audience members who make performances at the Globe so memorable: they mediate between stage and galleries, they have an immediate response to jokes, they are made part of the action, both imaginatively by the actors who see them as an army, a forest or a court, but also by their own verbal and physical participation. An Elizabethan groundling would pay one penny to see a 2-hour performance without intervals. In 1999, you would pay 5 pounds and most performances have 1 or 2 intervals. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Theatre Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Theatre Studies essays

  1. The conflict and contrast between the utopian ideals and Elizabethan politics presented in Shakespeare

    arguably evolves into dealing with the ruin and rebirth of a commonwealth. Between the first, highly symbolic tempest scene, and the final heraldic manoeuvre, the play's action all occurs on the island. Prospero reveals to Miranda the truth he has kept from her for twelve years, since her infancy.

  2. AS Theatre Studies Portfolio

    thought was a waste of time and we only were made to do it for the good of the school. We used the school database to find a lesson we could base the scene on and found a power point containing Martin Luther's famous speech about "I have a dream".

  1. Drama and Theatre studies - practical- coursework

    could be an Asian, Persian or Arab, but being part Arab myself I thought I'd probably find it easier to be something that I knew about. Being an Arab man then made me consider putting on an accent, to make it a little more interesting and then I thought of

  2. Drama and Theatre Studies structured records

    Most poignantly we decided to highlight the implications of a female in the workplace and comment on the fact that women still earn substantially less from their employment than men. We chose to emphasize this by going against traditional clich�s.

  1. elizabethan times theatre history

    It says theatres would be shut down as long as there were more than thirty people a week dying in the City. It shows us that when more and more people gather together, they are close to each other and therefore the plagues are spread through close contact in the theatres, which is a logical reason.

  2. 20th century innovators of theatre

    'Another aspect of the empty space is that the emptiness is shared: it's the same space for everyone who is present.' He also felt that there was no need for an elaborate set, lighting and the comfort of a theatre to produce living theatre, he felt that this so called living theatre was not linked to external conditions.

  1. Drama - Response Phase to the unit on war.

    It left it open ended, to stimulate some thought from the audience. Development Phase We then got into pairs and improvised a short scene, as either the mother and son, or the father and daughter from the WW1 family. My pair and I worked as the mother and the younger son.

  2. In 1700, Bath had a population of 3000 and was still a provincial, walled ...

    In 1737, the Licensing Act was passed, which forbade theatrical criticism of politics and religion. This greatly affected the types of plays performed_so far, political comedies had been popular, but the Licensing Act forbade them so they were replaced by tragedies.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work