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The Globe Theatre A seventeenth century English theatre in Southwark London Also known as an Elizabethan theatre was most notable for the initial and contemptuous productions of the dramatic works of English writers William Shakespeare Ben Johnson Beaumont and Fletcher and others In 1576 a carpenter named James Burbage built the first theatre in England which he called simply The Theatre the first time the word was used to refer to a building specifically designed for the staging of plays It was built in partnership with Shakespeare and others It was constructed in the Renaissance era and drew very large crowds Due to its advancements in technology props and its use of music the Globe always packed in very large crowds of people even royalty The Globe was built by James Burbage in 1576 and rebuilt in 1598 by his sons James built the The Theatre and it prospered for nearly twenty-one years In 1597 James Burbage died leaving the Theatre to his two sons Things began to get rough for the Theatre after James died The landowner Giles Allen caused an unexpected problem Giles raised the rent and refused to renew the lease so one cold night in December 1598 with much assistance from others the Burbage brothers disassembled the Theatre and piece by piece they took it by ferry across the Thanes River to the opposite shore In a short period of time the Theatre was rebuilt only now it was to be called the Globe theatre The original Theatre stood approximately forty-feet tall and was said to be more than one-hundred feet in diameter built in a circular shape with twenty-four sides The yard went seventy feet between post centers The stage was forty-nine feet six inches across and was about five feet tall The overall gallery depth was fifteen feet six inches overall floor height from one floor to another was fifteen
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