lobe theatre facts
Elizabethan theaters were also used for bear baiting, gambling and for immoral purposes.
The Globe was built in a similar style to the Coliseum, but on a smaller scale - other Elizabethan Theaters followed this style of architecture - they were called amphitheaters.
The Globe theatre was built by a carpenter called Peter Smith together with his workforce. They started building in 1597 and it was finished in 1598.
The Globe Theater had a 1500 plus audience capacity. Up to 3000 people would flock to the theatre and its grounds.
Colour coding was used to advertise the type of play to be performed - a black flag meant a tragedy , white a comedy and red a history.
A trumpet was sounded to announce to people that the play was about to begin at the Globe Theatre in order for people to take their final places.
There were no actresses. Female characters had to be played by young boys. The acting profession was not a credible one and it was unthinkable that any woman would appear in a play.
Many of the boy actors died of poisoning due to the vast quantities of lead in their make-up.
Music was an extra effect added in the 1600's. The musicians would also reside in the Lords rooms.
On June 29th 1613, a fire broke out destroying the original Globe theatre.
The second Globe theatre was built the following year.
The site of the old Globe theatre was rediscovered in the 20th century and a reconstruction of a New Globe Theatre has been built near the spot.