All the World’s A Stage: The Globe Theatre

Here are some fun facts you might not know about Shakespeare’s famous theatre.

  • • Serious outbreaks of the Bubonic plague caused more than three closures of the Globe theatre, as a precaution to protect from disease.
  • The Globe was an open air theatre, with three floors and could seat about 3,000 people.
  • The theatre used flags to advertise what genre of play would be the show of the day.
    Red – History; Black – Tragedy; and White – Comedy.
  • In 1613, during a performance of Henry VIII, a stage cannon ignited the thatched roof and the theatre burned to the ground, all in less than two hours.
  • After burning down in 1613, the theatre was rebuilt but later torn down in 1642 during England’s Puritan administration.

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