Globe Theatre Owners - Why was
the Globe theatre built?
The first 'Theatre' was a
great success in Shoreditch, London of the Elizabethan Era.
However, there was dispute over the lease of 'the Theatre'.
The Puritan owner, Giles Allen. disapproved of the Theatre
and the Lord Chamberlain's Company acting troupe who acted
there. Richard Burbage opened negotiations to re-new the
lease of the 'Theatre' but these all failed which is the
reason why the Globe Theatre was built.
Globe Theatre Owners - how much
did the Globe theatre cost?
The first 'Theatre' had
great success in Shoreditch, London of the Elizabethan Era. But money
had to be raised to build a new venue, which was to be
called the Globe Theatre. And money was
tight. Richard Burbage had died in 1597 and his son Cuthbert
Burbage took his father's role of theatrical entrepreneur. His brother,
Richard Burbage, was an actor. The Burbage brothers could not raise
enough money to pay for the new theatre. How much did the Globe Theatre
owners need to raise? The exact cost of the Globe Theatre is unknown but
it is recorded that James Burbage
borrowed 1000 marks (£666. 13s. 4d.) from his father-in-law, John Brayne,
with which to build the original 'Theatre'.What is known is that the Globe Theatre was built with many of the
timbers and other material from the old 'Theatre'. The land, which had
been owned by the Bishop of Winchester, had to be leased from his estate
which was called the Liberty of the Clink.
Globe Theatre Owners - how many
owners of the original globe theatre were there?
Cuthbert and Richard
Burbage were able to raise half of the cost - giving them each a 25%
share in the Globe. The idea of sharing the cost was put to the actors.
Five actors agreed to become stakeholders, including Will Kempe. Will
Kempe then decided to back out, leaving his fellow actors to pick up his
contribution to the new theatre. The Globe Theatre owners must have been
furious with Will Kempe. Kempe Morris danced his way from London to
Norwich and ended up acting at The Rose, one of the Globe's fiercest
competitors. The actors stake was therefore increased from 10% to 12.5%.
The following six men finally agreed to become the joint owners of the
The six joint owners took
out a thirty-one year lease which began at Christmas 1598. The new Globe
Theatre was built in just six months and opened for performances in May
1599. The Owners of the theatre were called the "housekeepers".
The shares dropped when Henry Condell and William Sly joined the owners
in 1605-08 and again in 1611 when William Ostler joined with the owners.
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