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Shakespeares Globe Theatre is a storied place The original Globe was built circa 1598 in London It was one of four major theatres in the area--the other three being the Swan the Rose and the Hope It was an open-air octagonal amphitheatre that could seat up to 3000 viewers The theatre was three stories high with a diameter of roughly 100 feet The rectangular stage platform on which the plays were performed was nearly 43 feet wide and 28 feet deep Some of Shakespeares most famous plays that were preformed at the Globe Theatre were Julius Caesar in 1599 Hamlet 1600-1601 Twelfth Night Or What You Will 1601 Richard II February 7th 1601 Troilus and Cressida 1601-1602 Alls Well That Ends Well circa 1602 Timon of Athens c1604 King Lear 1605 Macbeth 1606 Pericles Prince of Tyre 1607 possibly The Tempest in 1610 The Two Noble Kinsmen in 1611 Shakespeares lost play Cardenio in 1612 and Henry VIII in 1613 1 There were no actresses Female characters had to be played by young boys that hadnt reached puberty yet so their voices would be high The acting profession was not a credible one and it was unthinkable that any woman would appear in a play Each play had many different styles of costumes and they were the most important assets of the play More money was invested in making the costumes than in the props The colors of the costumes had specific meanings Red stood for blood black stood for gloom and evil yellow meant the sun white stood for purity scarlet was for a doctor grey was for friar and serving men usually wore blue 2 Costumes were stored in one of the galleries that were cit off by a tiring house wall Costumes were hung everywhere for the players to just run by and put on Tables in the tiring house held the actors gear such as false beards wigs and makeup Any
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