Shakespeare; The Globe Theatre London tour

Elizabethan Music Behind me is Shakespeare’s theatre, rebuilt
recently but it was originally constructed in the seventeenth century. And its name is
the Globe, which comes from the expression, everyone in the world is an actor. The conditions
at the time when this would have been built were very different from the way actors work
now. It was all done during the day because they didn’t have enough money to afford candles
to put on the plays at night. So there would have been far more interaction between the
public and the actors. And in fact, the groundlings, which were the cheapest seats just under the
open cover. They would shout at the actors and throw things at them if they didn’t like
the play. At the time, as well, none of the actors were
women because they weren’t allowed to be in plays. And also the church was very critical
of theatre. It called it the nest of the devil and it was usually just outside the city walls
because it wasn’t really allowed in those days. It was seen as something very popular
and affordable because just as I said before, the cheapest seats could be afforded by everyone. Elizabethan Music So this is where the groundlings stand and
to come here its only five pounds to see a play and they say it’s one of the best places
even though if it rains, umbrellas aren’t allowed so you’re going to get wet. But they
say it would have been the best place as well because the audience participated as well
so you are right next to the actor’s foot. You could see up his nose and if he spat down
at you, as I said, there’s no umbrellas allowed. So it would have been a big problem. But there’s
great participation because the audience can see you, the actors, everybody’s involved
in the play which makes kind of a difference from the typical West End play where everybody’s
in the dark. Here, you felt like you were really part of it.
signs of the zodiac known as the heavens, there’s a trap door in heaven as well, which
is open at the moment, and you come down from heaven….it does look quite dangerous…
The Globe Theatre puts on plays mainly by Shakespeare and they’re pretty authentic even
down to the finest detals like the original seventeenth century underwear. So its probably
not that comfortable. And nowadays we go and see a play but back then the most important
thing was the acoustics. It was more important that you heard the play and so wherever you
sat, the more expensive seats were the ones that had the best sound.
Elizabethan Music The stage represents three different elements,
the top with the Zodiac signs, its painted blue, represents heaven or the sky.There’s
even a trap door you can come down from. And the stage itself represents the earth and
there’s a trapdoor to go underneath which represents hell.
Elizabethan Music This round shape kind of increases the sense
of participation. The building itself though was hard to get permission for because remember
in the seventeenth century it had burned down twice.
So to make this thatched kind of roof after the Great Fire of London was pretty tough
to do. It took them eight years to get permission but they finally managed to go ahead with
it. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Not
if its a summer’s day in London. Elizabethan Music


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