Bylan Dillard 4 February 2000 7th period The Globe Theater is probably the most important structure in Shakespeares dramatic career. Built in 1599 by the Chamberlains Company, it stood on the Southern shore of the Thames River in London. At this time Shakespeare was a member of the Chamberlains Company, and therefore he became a shareholder in the theater. The profits actors made off of their shares was their main means of support, as it was for Shakespeare. The Globe was the most important structure to Shakespeares drama because most of his plays were written to be performed on the stage of the Globe. A common street individual could attend a play in the Globe, but their seats were on the ground in front of the stage, which was considered a poor place from which to view a play. The wealthier audience members sat in box seats around the ring wall of the theater. The peasants earned the name groundlings because of the fact that they had to watch from the ground. The architecture of the Globe theater was purposely designed to bring out the best in any play performed in it. The blueprints took into account the way shadows would fall throughout the year, in regard to both the stage and the audience. Tragically, the original Globe burned down in 1613 due to a cannon shot used as a prop during a performance of Henry VIII. It was soon rebuilt, though, and remained open on its original foundations until the Puritans closed it in 1642 and the Globe II was torn down two years later to make room for housing. The foundation remained buried until the mid-twentieth century, when one man made it his goal to bring the Globe back. Its foundations were not discovered until 1989, though, yet once found, they were once again to hold the weight of a great English theater. Presently, there are many recreations and theaters which bear the name Globe all over the world, as well as the rebuilt …

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