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The Globe Theatre is probably the most important structure in Shakespeare's dramatic career.

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The Globe Theatre is probably the most important structure in Shakespeare's dramatic career. The Chamberlain's Company built it in 1599, and it stood on the Southern shore of the Thames River in London. At this time Shakespeare was a member of the Chamberlain's Company, and therefore he became a shareholder in the theatre. The profits actors made off of their shares were their main means of support, as it was for Shakespeare. The Globe was just one of many theatres built in London around this time. The residents of London were in mood for entertainment, and in response many theatres for acting, bear baiting, and bull baiting were built throughout the countryside. ...read more.


The Globe was the most important structure to Shakespeare's drama because most of his plays were written to be performed on the stage of the Globe. Those plays written by Shakespeare under the context of performance at the Globe include: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, Measure for Measure, King Lear, MacBeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and Cymbeline. Plays were important to the residents of London because they were an efficient way of getting a message to many people and entertain them at the same time. Theatres commonly drew thousands of people, who attended to see the supposed fictitious plays often with a main message or moral. ...read more.


It was soon rebuilt, though, and remained open on its original foundations until the Puritans closed it in 1642 and the Globe II was torn down two years later to make room for housing. The foundation remained buried until the mid-twentieth century, until one man, Sam Wanamaker, made it his goal to bring the Globe back. Its foundations were not discovered until 1989. Once they were found, they were once again to eventually be the globe theatre. This latest Globe Theatre was completed in 1996, and was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in May of 1997 with a production of Henry V. The Globe is as close a reproduction as possible they could construct to the Elizabethan model. It seats 1,500 people between the galleries and the "groundlings." In its initial 1997 season, the theatre attracted 210,000 patrons. ...read more.

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