Globe Theatre Shakespeare

The theatre is of course synonymous with the great Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare.

What part did he really play in creating the success of the Elizabethan theatre?

What sort of actor was Shakespeare? His plays and the villainous people who stole them from him!

Globe Theatre and Shakespeare

Interesting information about the life and times of William Shakespeare
and the Globe Theatre of Elizabethan London, England

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Elizabethan Era or William Shakespeare

Globe Theatre and Shakespeare
This section covering Globe Theatre Shakespeare includes many interesting subjects, including pictures, summaries and characters who appeared in all of his plays.

Globe Theatre Plays

William Shakespeare the Actor

Globe Theatre and Shakespeare the Playwright
TheElizabethan Play writers, including William Shakespeare were not held in high esteem. But new play brought in massive audiences to the original Globe Theatre. Plays were sold to the theatre companies for a 'one-off' sum. There were no 'royalties' during the Elizabethan era and there were no copyright laws. Plays were blatantly copied and stolen and this plagiarism led to different versions of some plays, including those of William Shakespeare. The majority of the plays of William Shakespeare were published in 1623 in a document called The First Folio - Seven years after his death!

Globe Theatre and Shakespeare the Owner
William Shakespeare invested in the Globe Theatre and it was in his interest to write as many plays as possible! Six men became the joint owners of the Globe Theatre, the largest stakes were put up by the Burbage brothers.

  • Cuthbert Burbage (25%)
  • Richard Burbage (25%)
  • William Shakespeare (12.5%)
  • John Heminges (12.5%)
  • Augustine Phillips (12.5%)
  • Thomas Pope (12.5%)

The initial investment by William Shakespeare made him a wealthy man and successful man due to his share of the large profits which were made at the Globe Theatre.

Globe Theatre and Shakespeare the Actor and his Plays
It is not known exactly how many roles and performances that Shakespeare played in but we do know that Shakespeare had began his career on the stage by 1592. It is probable that Shakespeare played the title role in Edward I (a play by Edward Peele) in 1593. It is also assumed that he played smaller roles in a variety of his own plays, including As You Like It (Adam), Macbeth (King Duncan), Henry IV (King Henry), and Hamlet (Hamlet's father). But the urgent financial requirement of the Globe Theatre to produce as many plays as possible would lead us to believe that all of the plays written by William Shakespeare would have been performed at the Globe Theatre.

The Globe Theatre and the plays of William Shakespeare
The plays of William Shakespeare were classified as Comedies, Histories or Tragedies.

William Shakespeare Comedy Plays

William Shakespeare Tragedy Plays

William Shakespeare History Plays

There are so many plays and characters that the following summaries of each William Shakespeare play has been added to this section. Many unusual and interesting pictures of play characters have also been included on these pages.

Globe Theatre & Shakespeare

Tragedy Themed Plays by William Shakespeare

Summary of Antony and Cleopatra and Characters

Summary of Coriolanus and Characters

Summary of Hamlet and Characters

Summary of Julius Caesar and Characters

Summary of King Lear and Characters

Summary of Macbeth and Characters

Summary of Othello and Characters

Summary of Romeo and Juliet and Characters

Summary of Timon of Athens and Characters

Summary of Titus Andronicus and Characters

Comedy Themed Plays by William Shakespeare

Summary of All's Well That Ends Well and Characters

Summary of As You Like It and Characters

Summary of Comedy of Errors and Characters

Summary of Cymbeline and Characters

Summary of Love's Labour's Lost and Characters

Summary of Measure for Measure and Characters

Summary of Merchant of Venice and Characters

Summary of Merry Wives of Windsor and Characters

Summary of Midsummer Nights Dream & Characters

Summary of Much Ado About Nothing and Characters

Summary of Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Characters

Summary of Taming of the Shrew and Characters

Summary of The Tempest and Characters

Summary of Troilus and Cressida and Characters

Summary of Twelfth Night and Characters

Summary of Two Gentlemen of Verona & Characters

Summary of Winter's Tale and Characters

History Themed Plays by William Shakespeare

Summary of King Henry IV Part 1 and Characters

Summary of King Henry IV Part 2 and Characters

Summary of King Henry V and Characters

Summary of King Henry VI Part 1 and Characters

Summary of King Henry VI Part 2 and Characters

Summary of King Henry VI Part 3 and Characters

Summary of King Henry VIII and Characters

Summary of King John and Characters

Summary of Richard II and Characters

Summary of Richard III and Characters

Globe Theatre & Shakespeare

Globe Theatre and Shakespeare
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