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.