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The Globe Theatre

TheGlobe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642. A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named "Shakespeare's Globe", opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre.



The Globe was built in 1599 using timber from an earlier theatre,

The Theatre, which had been built by Richard Burbage's father, James Burbage, inShoreditch in 1576. The Burbages originally had a 21-year lease of the site on which The Theatre was built but owned the building outright. The Globe was an octagonal-shaped theatre in London with an open-air stage that could hold as many as 3000 people. The general audience were "groundlings," who sat or stood on the ground to watch, while those who could afford to sat in gallery boxes. There were specially-constructed trapdoors as well as a gallery above the stage for balcony scenes, exits and entrances.


The Old Vic

The Old Vic is a theatre located just south-east of Waterloo Station in London on the corner of The Cut and Waterloo Road. Established in 1818 as the Royal Coburg Theatre, it was taken over by Emma Cons in 1880 when it was known formally as the Royal Victoria Hall.



The theatre was founded in 1818 by James King and Daniel Dunn, andJohn Thomas Serres, then Marine painter to the King who managed to secure the formal patronage of Princess Charlotte and her husband Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg naming the theatre the Royal Coburg Theatre. The theatre

was a "minor" theatre (as opposed to one of the two patent theatres) and was thus technically forbidden to show serious drama.


The Royal National Theatre

The Royal National Theatre (generally known as the National Theatre and commonly as The National) in London is one of the United Kingdom's two most prominent publicly funded theatre

companies, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company. Internationally, it is styled the National Theatre of Great Britain. From its foundation in 1963 until 1976, the company was based at the Old Vic theatre in Waterloo.


The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

TheRoyal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) is a large theatre owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company dedicated to the British

playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It is located in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace - in the English Midlands, beside the River Avon. The theatre re-opened in 2010 after undergoing major structural changes.


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