Globe Theatre Timeline

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

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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The timeline of Globe Theatre history provides the answers to any questions about this great old London theatre.

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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
1593 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 'Theatre'
1596 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 Globe Theatre 
1599 The Globe Theatre is opened on Bankside, Southwark, London
1601 Shakespeare's acting troupe, the Chamberlain's Men, were commissioned to stage Richard II at the
         Globe Theatre
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' players"
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
1642 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 and
          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 Parliamentarians
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!

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