Globe Theatre Motto

Globe Theatre Motto
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Globe Theatre Motto

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

Globe Theatre Motto
The word motto is derived from the Latin words 'mot' or mottum' meaning a clever remark. Mottos are sayings or slogans which are used to generally describe the attributes or aspirations of an organisation or family. The modern equivalent is a mission statement or marketing slogan. The Globe Theatre adopted the motto "Totus mundus agit histrionem" ( the whole world is a playhouse ). This phrase was slightly re-worded in the William Shakespeare play As You Like It - "All the world’s a stage" which was performed at the Globe Theatre.

Globe Theatre Motto inscribed above the door
To announce the opening of the new theatre, the Chamberlain’s Men flew a flag featuring the figure of Hercules carrying a Globe on his shoulders to announce the imminent performance of their first performance which was of the William Shakespeare play - Julius Caesar. The motto was inscribed above the entrance door of the Globe theatre in the form of a crest displaying Hercules bearing the globe on his shoulders together with the motto "Totus mundus agit histrionem".

How the Globe Theatre got its name
The motto was in Latin and the crest was taken from the story of Hercules seen as a Greek tragedy. These classical effects were designed to convey a acceptable image for the theatre. No one knows for sure how the Globe theatre got its name but the image on the crest of a globe combined with the name of the previous venue of the the Chamberlain's men (the Theatre) seems a likely combination. 

Globe Theatre Motto
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