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William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre

Elizabethan Theatre Facts
The Elizabethan Theatre Facts provide some fast and fun interesting information via Elizabethan Theatre Facts. The time of William Shakespeare was an exciting time for the Elizabethan theatre. New plays, new audiences and lots of money to be made by the theatre owners, playwrights and actors. Read about some interesting Elizabethan facts - a fast way to increase your knowledge about the Elizabethan theatre, including the Globe. 


  • Fun Fact 1 - There were no Elizabethan Theatres until 1576 - plays were performed in the courtyards of inns - they were referred to as 'inn-yards'
  • Fun Fact 2 - James Burbage built the very first theatre in 1576 with his brother-in-law John Brayne, appropriately named 'The Theatre'.
  • Fun Fact 3 - The Globe was built in a similar style to the Coliseum, but on a smaller scale - other Elizabethan Theatres followed this style of architecture - they were called amphitheatres.
  • Fun Fact 4 - Elizabethan theatres were also used for bear baiting, gambling and for immoral purposes
  • Fun Fact 5 - Elizabethan theatres attracted huge crowds - up to 3000 people
  • Fun Fact 6 - William Shakespeare and his company actually built TWO Globe Theatres!
  • Fun Fact 7 - The Globe theatre was built by a carpenter called Peter Smith together with his workforce. They started building in 1597 and it was finished in 1598
  • Fun Fact 8 - Many Londoners were strict Protestants - Puritans in fact, who abhorred the Elizabethan theatres and many of the people they attracted
  • Fun Fact 9 - Objections to the Elizabethan theatres escalated from the Church and the City of London Officials. Respectable citizens added even more objections about the rise in crime and the bawdy nature of some of the plays, fighting, drinking not to mention the risk of so many people and the spread of the Bubonic Plague! In 1596 London's authorities were unwilling to ignore the growing complaints any longer and they banned the public presentation of plays and all theatres within the City limits of London
  • Fun Fact 10 - The Puritans ordered all playhouses and theatres to be pulled down in 1648, all players to be seized and whipped, and anyone caught attending a play to be fined five shillings

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