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Among the many famous writers we have studied this year is William Shakespeare Shakespeares life was assuredly most intriguing Seeking answers we had simple questions we wanted to determine What were his morals His passions His legacy When studying Shakespeare we found that his life revolved around the Globe Theatre Naturally we wanted to see why Shakespeare spent so much of his life involved in the Globe The first Globe lasted from 1599-1613 Additionally this structure was called the wooden o playhouse Before the Globe there was another Theatre which many people do not realize The Theatre prospered for 21 years Refusing to renew the players lease the landowner Giles Allen caused an unexpected problem for the players James Burbage had recently died and his two sons Richard and Cuthbert became managers Although Allen owned the land the sons owned the Theatre and they wanted their valuable timber In desperation the brothers decided to take action They leased land across the river and they waited until Christmastime to strike when they could be sure Allen was away on vacation At night they began to dismantle the Theatre piece by piece and floated it across the river Thames With the timber the brothers and their friends reconstructed their cherished playhouse Because of the saying the whole world is a stage they would call it the Globe Theatre By the middle of 1599 the Globe opened and was a huge success Audiences were packed in the house with a thatched roof sometimes even so much as three thousand people could be held at once For sixpence the rich sat in the Lords Rooms to get a better view which were on the top half of the Globe For threepence they sat on cushions in the Gentlemens Rooms For twopence they perched on hard wooden benches but most were called groundlings who paid a penny to stand in the yard beneath the open roof Interestingly enough there
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