Essay on Globe

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During the 1500s in England a burst of literary accomplishments arose that was never
before seen in the history of the theater. In the new idea of theaters, playwrights lifted
the Elizabethan Theater to new heights. Men like Shakespeare dared to write plays about
real people in a variety of real situations. Through their efforts, Shakespeare produced
plays that were far more sophisticated and entertaining than any plays of the past.
Audiences expressed their pleasure by demanding more and more plays. The public shared a
great deal of interest in the theaters and playwrights of this time. People from all over
the city of London would travel to experience the drama of the Elizabethan Theater.

The theater was a very important aspect of Elizabethan life in the medieval ages. Life in
Elizabethan times was difficult and dangerous. Many people were poor tenant farmers, often
living at the mercy of wealthy landowners. Elizabethans sought relief from their harsh
lives by attending plays and other forms of entertainment, which made the theater so
important to Elizabethan culture. There were many theaters in Elizabethan times, all very
similar to each other. However, when William Shakespeare began writing playwrights, his
final production was so exceptional, that no other person could compare. With this,
Shakespeare was mainly featured at one theater, The Globe. With the popularity of
playwrights in the middle ages, the theaters themselves were popular as well. By the late
1500s, performances were becoming expensive, shutting out the non-payers. The solution was
to find or construct buildings that were suitable for the performance of plays. By the
late 1500s, there were over a dozen theaters in the immediate London area. At this time,
the most popular theater, "The Theatre" housed the most prestigious of plays. For years,
this one theater acted as the center of the town, where the most famous plays were shown.
But in 1597, the lease on the land on which "The Theatre" sat expired and the owner of the
land would not renew the lease.

In the winter of 1598, while the original owner was away, the people of London decided to
move the theater, board by board. They began to rebuild the theater in Southwark, London,
near The Rose, The Swan, and The Hope theaters. After ten months of rebuilding, the
theater was later renamed as The Globe in 1598. Upon completion of the newer, revised
theater, The Globe actually turned out not to be the largest of it's time. The theater was
three stories high, one hundred feet in diameter, and could hold as many as 2,900 patrons
if desired. The Globe Theatre was constructed as a mixture between a Roman Amphitheater
and an English Tudor House.

The architecture of The Globe was very unique. There was no roof over the actual theater.
There was, however, a thatched roof over the stage. The use of a roof over the stage was
not only to protect the performers from the weather, but to improve acoustics as well. Two
very elaborate, almost flashy pillars held the roof over the stage. The stage itself was
rectangular and extended into the middle of the auditorium. Various trapdoors were cut in
the center of the stage, through which an actor might disappear or leap forth, as the
action demanded. A balcony hung over the rear of the stage and a musicians' gallery was
tucked behind the balcony. Unseen, behind the stage, was the Tiring House. Here is where
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