Globe Theatre Timeline
The Globe Theatre Timeline
is an easy way to discover the key dates and events in the
history of the old Globe Theatre. The Globe Theatre timeline
provides the dates and events surrounding the building and
opening of the old Globe, the instances that the theatre was
closed due to outbreaks of the bubonic plague in London. The
Globe Theatre timeline also charts some of the William
Shakespeare plays that were performed. The Puritans who came
to power and their impact on the old Globe Theatre. And the
eventual demolition of the theatre. All of these important
dates and events are detailed in the Globe Theatre Timeline.
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Globe Theatre History
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Old Globe Theatre Timeline
Timeline of Globe Theatre History
1576 James Burbage (father of the actor, Richard Burbage) obtains lease and permission to build
'The Theatre' in Shoreditch, London. The Lord Chamberlain's Men use it from 1594 to 1596
1577 Another open air amphitheatre called The Curtain opens in Finsbury Fields, Shoreditch, London
1587 Open air amphitheatre The Rose, Bankside, Surrey is opened
London Theatres close due to outbreaks of the
Bubonic Plague in England
1594 The Lord Chamberlain's Company (formally known as 'Lord Stranges Men' was formed.
1595 March 15, First document mentioning Shakespeare connected with the
From 1596 to 1597 The City of London authorities ban the public performances of plays within the city
limits of London.
1597 Dispute over the lease of 'the Theatre'. The Puritan owner, Giles Allen. disapproved of the Theatre
and the acting troupe. Burbage opens negotiations to re-new the lease of the 'Theatre'
1597 Shakespeare's company of actors moved to the Curtain Theatre after failed negotiations for a new
lease for the 'Theatre'
1598 Timber from the 'Theatre' taken to use for the building of a new
venue to be called the
1599 The Globe Theatre is opened on Bankside,
1601 Shakespeare's acting troupe, the Chamberlain's Men, were commissioned to stage Richard II at
1603 Shakespeare acted in Jonson's Sejanus
at the Globe Theatre as "a principal tragedian."
1603 The Bubonic Plague again ravages London killing
over 33,000 people
1603 May 19, The King's Men acting troupe forms. Shakespeare is mentioned as one of "the mens'
1608 The Bubonic Plague
once again ravages London and the theatres close
1613 June 29, Fire at the Globe Theatre
during a performance of Henry VIII
1614 Globe Theatre
is rebuilt on its original foundations, this time the roof
of the Globe is tiled, not thatched
1616 April 25, Burial of William Shakespeare in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.
1642 The English Civil War broke out between the Parliamentarians (Puritans) and the Royalists
September 2 - Parliament issues an ordinance suppressing all stage plays
1644 The Globe Theatre
is demolished by the Puritans.
On 15th April - Landowner Sir Matthew Brend
demolishes the Globe Theatre and builds tenement houses
on the site
1647 Even stricter rules passed by the Puritans restricting the staging of plays
1648 The Puritans ordered all playhouses and theatres to be pulled down, all players to be seized
whipped, and anyone caught attending a play to be fined five shillings.
1649 The Civil War finally leads to the terrible execution of King Charles I by the
1653 Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England
1658 Cromwell dies and the power of the Puritan starts to decline
1660 King Charles II is restored to the throne of England
1660 The Restoration, and the demise in the power of the Puritans, sees the opening of the theatres
again. But the Globe Theatre is never re-built -
until many hundreds of years later!
Globe Theatre Timeline
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