Shakespeare's Globe

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How Do We Know About Shakespeare's Stage?

Johannes De Witt Sketched the Swan in about 1596. Several artist drew comprehensive views of London, including the major theaters. The titlepage of a published play included a woodcut or engraving of the stage. The carpenters' specifications for the Fortune Theater, built in 1599, survive, and give clear evidence as to the size of the theaters.

Internet Shakespeare's Edition, Friends of the ISE, 4 Jan. 2011, Web. 2 February 2016

Elizabethan Theater

The theater was an expanding industry during the Elizabethan era. Many theaters sprang up in and around the City of London. The excitement, money and fame lured Elizabethan theater entrepreneurs and actors into working in the famous Elizabethan Theater

Alchin L. K., Elizabethan Era, n.p., 16 may 2012, Web 2 February 2016

Rebuilding the Globe

In 1613, during a performance of Henry VIII, wadding from a stage cannon ignited the thatched roof and the theater burned to the ground ‘all in less than two hours, the people having enough to do to save themselves’. The theater was quickly rebuilt, this time with a tiled roof. Shakespeare may have acted in the second Globe, but he probably never wrote for it. It remained the home for Shakespeare’s old company until the closure of all the theaters under England’s Puritan administration in 1642. No longer of use, it was demolished to make room for tenements in 1644.

Shakespeare's Globe, n.p. , n.d., Web 2 February 2016