Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Aside from being the greatest writer in the English language, Shakespeare was also an actor, poet, and a member of the royal family. His books are among the most widely read in the world, and his plays are among the most frequently staged. Many years after his death, William Shakespeare's fame continues to grow even today. Thus, making a visit to the Globe Theatre in London, where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed, is certainly a great tribute.
Before you plan your visit to this place, we want you to get acquainted with some facts about the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which opened on the Southbank of the Thames in 1997, is the third Globe Theatre to have been constructed on the same site. The first Globe Theatre was positioned just a few blocks away from the river on a side street. This theatre was built in 1599 and destroyed by fire in 1613, although it was rebuilt in the following year. After puritanical worries about stage plays drove London theatres to close in 1642, it was rebuilt a year later as tenement dwellings.
In 1599, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the theatre company in which Shakespeare performed, established the first Globe Theatre. It was built from salvaged timbers from Shakespeare's original theatre in Shoreditch, England. Their old landlord, Mr Allen, referred to this entire act as 'stolen' instead of calling it recycling.
Mr Allen allegedly refused to extend their lease for the Theatre's site. So, equipped with daggers and cudgels, the group snuck into Allen's estate when he was travelling for Christmas. They gathered all the big timbers and stored them north of the Thames.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre officially opened to the world in 1997; however, the first performance took place here in 1993 while the building was still under construction. That particular play was written in German. Following the Globe's opening, several new plays written just for it have been performed here. Shakespeare's history of composing and performing new plays for the original Globe Theatre will be carried forward in this manner.
A concert at The Globe has traditionally been a pleasant experience in good weather because of its open-air setting. The group would perform indoors during Shakespeare's day during the winter months. The same is true today, with winter shows taking place in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, directly across the street. On the other hand, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre tours are offered all year long and provide a lot of information on the theatre as it was during Shakespeare's time. They are completely free if you have access to the London Pass.
Richard Burbage's family erected the Theatre at Shoreditch, but they couldn't afford to lease a site for the new theatre. As a result, they approached several of its members about investing. After paying £10 for his part of the Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare became a 12.5% shareholder in the company. After that, all they needed was someone to compose some massively popular plays that would bring in the crowds and generate a good return on their investment, and here was Shakespeare to the rescue!
We're done with our Shakespeare's Globe facts. To avoid being puzzled, see our guide to attending a Shakespeare's Globe Theatre tour.