Task 2: Shakespeare’s Theatre

Hi! Welcome to Shakespeares’ Globe Theatre!
This theatre is a remake of the original Globe which was an amazing place. It was home to
most of Shakespeare’s exciting and gripping plays.
It was a great experience for the richer people, who had much better seats (in fact they were
the only ones who had seats!), but the peasants or groundlings didn’t have such a good time,
though, as we’ll find out later on. You would have set off at around lunchtime.
This is because all plays took place in the day as electricity had not been invented yet.
You could have arrived by boat across the Rive Thames or even by using a horse and cart
across London Bridge but that was only if you were very rich! Most people would have
saved the ferry fare and simply walked across London Bridge.
As you approached the magnificent theatre you would notice a flag flying in the whistling
wind which was to show that a performance was taking place that day. Plays begun at
exactly 2 o’clock so to hurry everyone along a deafening gunshot was fired from the tower.
These performances happened every day of the week except Sundays and during Lent. The theatre
was also closed from October until April because of the freezing weather that the audience
would not have been protected from. So, let’s take a tour of the inside of Shakespeare’s
wonderful Globe! This is the stage and it has two pillars either
side to support the actor’s roof. This is called the ‘Heavens’ and it’s normally painted
with stars, a sun and a moon. It is also where props and actors are lowered on pulleys.
Back here are the musicians’ galleries where they play their instruments to make music
and sound effects. Very rich and important people like the Queen sit here in the ‘Gentlemen’s
Rooms’ too as they want to be on show to everyone in the theatre. This costs them one whole
shilling. These are also called galleries but are for
people watching the performance. These were for fairly rich people and they cost 2-6 pence.
Down here is the horrible stinky, rowdy and very noisy pit. This is for the lower class
citizens and those who watch from here are known as ‘groundlings’. They have to stand
up for the entire play which is very tiring after a very long performance that can sometimes
last 4 hours! When the audience has settled the play will
commence. Back in 1592, in the original theatre, the
spectators made a lot of noise. People go among the crowds to sell food and drink for
people to eat or even throw at the actors! It was a very smelly place: open buckets were
used as toilets! Thanks for watching task two about Shakespeare’s
Theatre. I hope you enjoyed it!


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