Shakespeare's Globe Theater. Because theater and acting were not considered wholesome entertainment in Shakespeare’s day, Theaters were located across the River Thames from London. There are 2 theaters in this engraving. Can you find them and tell which one is opened for business?.
Theaters were located across the River Thames from London.
It was composed of several parts and decorated with quite a bit of symbolism . . . .
Let’s begin with the hut, the structure atop the stage.
While the cannon undoubtedly pleased the spectators, who insisted on realistic special effects, it had a dreadful result.
A spark from the canon eventually caused the Globe to burn down.
Behind the wall, the Tiring House is the part of the playhouse where Elizabethan actors would get dressed ('attired').
View of balcony with gentlemen’s rooms looking up from stage
In 1609 Shakespeare’s company the KING’S MEN acquired the Blackfriars.
Actors could use a pillar as a hiding place, a tree, a promontory, or an orator's rostrum
contains six zodiac signs that, according to astrological beliefs, govern the destinies of human beings whose lives are represented in the play on the stage below.
Sol (the sun) is also the god Apollo. The frieze itself symbolizes the philosopher's stone famous to alchemists
Luna (the moon) is also the goddess Diana, symbol of chastity and a dedicated huntress
Mars (war) is both her lover and her opposing principle.
could emerge from below.
acted to absorb unwanted sound (rushes were also used in London homes).
(If you go to the Globe today you can rent a cushion for the play.)
for just a penny you could stand in the pit (the area around the stage) and watch the play.
at 5 feet
action. The Elizabethan actors would not have left the stage to act in the yard because of the risk it presented to their persons and their clothing.