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The public playhouse in Elizabethan England was a place that invoked great criticism Some saw it as an instrument of evil The theatre according to some nurtured thieves which preyed on innocent playgoers If that was not enough public playhouse were said to help spread bubonic plague also known as the Plague due to the close contact of the patrons In order to contend with this criticism all public playhouses were placed outside of the jurisdiction of the local government One of the most famous of these buildings which lies across the Thames River is the Globe Theatre It was home to some of the most influential playwrights of the time the most notable of them was William Shakespeare An in depth study of the Globe will show how the Globe appeared during the Elizabethan period In March of 1599 building began on The Globe supervised by Peter Streete According to Bernard Beckerman in Shakespeare at the Globe Mr Streete would go on to build the Fortune a year later using much of the same details from the Globe after being contracted by Philip Henslowe and Edward Alleyn xii The construction of the Globe would cost around L400 pounds according to John C Adams 50 The reason it was so cheap was because it was reconstructed from the skeleton of the Theatre which was pulled down in 1597 The foundation of the Globe consisted of a circular ditch that was filled with limestone and pebbles On top of this a bricks were stacked to create a polygon shaped that would serve as a base for the first set of wood that would be put in to Booth 2 place There were two sets of bricks an outer polygon and an inner polygon of bricks with a distance of ten to fifteen feet between them 75 These bricks would form the outer wall and the inner yard area The actual shape that these walls formed
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