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Ever since plays moved to the screen, back when they were black and white with text dialogue, movie makers have been trying to recreate that feeling of being in the middle of the action, of the immediacy of the people on stage. But no matter what they add (sound, color, 3D effects with glasses), I doubt they will ever be able to recreate the feeling of closeness and investment that you get from attending a play, which is why they’re still amazingly popular today. So in honor of the longevity and popularity of plays (in particular Shakespeare’s), let’s take a look at one of the most famous stages in history: the Globe Theater.
Then a tragedy occurred on June 29, 1613; London’s Globe Theatre burned down. Of course, in the time of thatched roofs, wooden building and torches and other open flame lighting, buildings burned down all the time. The fire started during a performance of Henry VIII, probably when the cannon on stage misfired, (that’s what you call a realistic performance). The sparks caught the thatch on fire and spread rapidly to the wooden beams. It was lucky that the only reported injury was a man whose pants were on fire; he was able to put them out with a bottle of ale.
In 1949, actor Sam Wanamaker went to see the sight of the original Globe Theatre. He was very disappointed that there was no memorial to Shakespeare. In 1970, he formed the Shakespeare Globe Trust, which constructed a replica of the Globe Theatre near the site of the first one. The theatre opened in 1997; the first play was Henry V. The theatre still stands today, thanks to much better fire retardant materials! They did top the roof with thatch though. It just wouldn’t be right otherwise.
Interesting facts about the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre:
- During Shakespeare’s day, theatre companies advertised what plays they were putting on with flags: white for comedy, red for history and black for tragedy.
- The city of London did not allow theatres to be built in the city proper. All theatres were built along the South Bank, where most of them still are today.
- The Globe was built to look like the Colosseum in Rome, but on a smaller scale.
- The Globe was closed several times because of outbreaks of the plague or the Black Death.
Books we have about Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre:
- William Shakespeare & the Globe by Aliki (J 792.09421 ALI)
- A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro (822.33 SHA)
- Shakespeare’s Globe (792.04921 SHA)
- How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman (942.05 GOO)
- Tudor Costume and Fashion by Herbert Norris (391.00942 NOR)
- Daily Life in Elizabethan England by Jeffrey L. Singman (942.05 SIN)
- Elizabeth’s London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London by Liza Picard (942.1 PIC)
- Period Make-Up for the Stage: Step-by-Step by Rosemarie Swinfield (792.027 SWI)
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/only-in-britain/fire-destroy-globe-theatre/ good picture