What is the Globe Theatre? – Behind the News


to be or not to be that is the question Romeo Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo double double toil and trouble fire burn and cauldron bubble these are just some of the very famous lines from some very famous plays written by one very famous playwright and they were all originally performed at one very famous theater the globe the globe was first built in London way way way back in 1599 by a theatre company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and you’ve probably heard of their playwright a guy called William Shakespeare Shakespeare is a bloke who 400 years ago sat down and wrote a bunch of place and we’re still performing them today that none of itself is an amazing thing yep and the place that bloke wrote are some of the most well known in history my favorite would probably be back there Macbeth handler Romeo and Juliet yeah I like Romeo and Juliet because it’s simple everyone gets the idea of it and yeah it’s a cool story another Shakespeare’s plays continue to inspire new movies all the time in fact you’ve probably seen some of Shakespeare’s work without even realizing unfortunately the original globe burnt down a few centuries ago they did build another one though just around the corner from the original which if you’re lucky enough you can visit one day and see some of these iconic plays in action but if you can’t make it over there don’t worry because this guy has created a full-size pop up version so Australians can experience what it was like to see a show back in Shakespeare’s day too so what we wanted to do was be as close as possible in every way we could to the experience of Shakespeare’s own theatre and what we found is that when you replicate that experience boy is it engaging it’s a night like any other unforgettable there are a few big things that make the globe really different to anything you’d see today it has three storeys of seating and can hold up to 3,000 people but at the base of the stage there’s an area called the pit where people stand and watch the performance although there’s also no roof so if you’re standing you might want to bring an umbrella just in case there’s like a rock concert instead of a conventional theater experience there’s nothing button-down about it it’s closer to footie match than a piece of theatre it’s fantastic it’s having this entire building filled with 900 people screaming and yelling and booing and whoring and covered in blood wait did he say blood ah don’t worry it’s all fake the pop-up globe has been popping up around the country and now it’s popped up in Sydney where these guys say audiences are sure to get an awesome shakespeareans

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