The Globe Theater

       The Globe Theater was where Romeo and Juliet would have been performed during the Middle Ages. It was built in 1599, but on June 1613 it caught on fire during a play and was destroyed. The Globe was rebuilt in 1614, but was later closed in 1642 by the Puritans, and then in 1644 it was destroyed once again to make room for tenements. It has since been reconstructed (see picture) and people still perform the plays that helped it to become famous.


     (A cutout of the globe theater during Shakespeare’s time.) The only light source for the plays was the Sun, so the roof was open to the elements. If it rained the stage and higher paying seats were the only things that wouldn’t get soaked. The groundlings, or those who weren't rich enough to buy seats, stood in the center most part of the globe theater, which meant they had no protection against rain. The actors used very few props and consisted of all male performers. If there was a female part, a young man who still had a higher pitched voice would play the part. Often times the Groundlings would get involved in the play by throwing and yelling things.