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Shakespeare: The Globe Theatre

Shakespeare

The Globe Theatre

“The Globe had a Latin motto: Totus mundus agit histrionem. It was a translation of one of Shakespeare's most famous lines: ‘All the world's a stage’ (As You Like It, 2.7.147). The line can also be translated as ‘all the world plays the actor.’”
 

“Performances at the Globe began in mid-afternoon, about three o'clock, after a trumpet sounded. Sunlight provided the lighting, although torches were sometimes lit to suggest night scenes. There were no intermissions. All performances had to end before nightfall so that playgoers could return safely home. There were no performances during lent or outbreaks of plague.”

--The Globe Theatre: An Overview, from Michael J. Cummings's "Shakespeare Study Guide"

 

Photograph of the interior of the Globe Theatre, facing the stage, courtesy of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

History of the Globe Theatre

Images of the Globe Theatre (Then)

Image of Wenceslas Hollar's drawing of the Globe, 1642

 
 
Image of C. Walter Hodges's Conjectural Reconstruction of the Globe, 1958
 

The Globe Theatre Today

Images of the Globe Theatre (Now)

Aerial Photograph of the Globe Theatre

 

Photograph of the interior of the Globe Theatre, taken from the stage, courtesy of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Actors and Staging