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Title: Elizabethan theatre

Elizabethan theatre
Elizabethan theatre
  • The globe theatre was where William Shakespeare
    performed his plays. When there was a play to be
    performed that day, they raised a flag at the
    globe theatre, telling everyone to come on down
    and watch. The globe theatre was built originally
    in 1599

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  • It was built in London on the west side of the
    London bridge in a very shady part of town, full
    of prostitutes and pick-pockets. It performed
    many plays until in 1613 an accident with a
    cannon (used for special effects) started a fire
    and burned the roof down during a performance of
    King Henry VIII.

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  • The Globe Theatre was a circular, wooden
    building that was several stories high. Wealthy
    people sat in boxes on the upper stories around
    the perimeter of the Globe while poorer people
    stood on the ground in the middle, hints the name
  • (if anyone remembers griffin groundlings)

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  • William Shakespeare was the most influential
    playwright of the era writing a grand total of
    154 poems and 37 plays. Among the most notable of
    these are sonnet 18, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet,
    Othello, and The Tempest.

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  • Shakespeare wasnt the only popular playwright
    in the Elizabethan era, one of his lead
    competition was Christopher Marlowe, who died
    early due to a knife in the eye at a bar fight in

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  • Because women had little rights in this time
    period, only men were allowed to be onstage, so
    back then, all of the female parts were played by
    young boys, because they were slightly feminine
    looking and had a high pitched voice like a woman.

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  • Actors during this period only had a day to
    memorize their lines, with no que cards or
    anything and performed multiple plays in a year.
    This must have been incredibly difficult for
    actors in long plays such as Macbeth and Hamlet.

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  • The crowd wasnt exactly the nicest either. It
    was perfectly acceptable to be loud and rowdy, as
    well as criticize and throw food at the actors.
    Anyone who dropped a coin in the box was able to
    come in, often prostitutes worked the crowd
    inside of the Globe.

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  • People had to be very careful about which plays
    they decided to host and write because they could
    be put to death if it was against the king and
    queen of England, although Shakespeare believed
    that it a poets duty to write exactly whats in
    your heart.

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  • Theatre was almost shut down at the end of the
    Elizabethan era, Puritans, extremely strict
    protestants, shut down all the theatres in London
    and tried to have it banded for good around 1644.
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