Globe Theatre and Shakespeare the
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.
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
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.