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The Globe Theatre is the theatre in which Shakespeares greatest plays were performed The fame of the Globe is from the fact that William Shakespeare himself worked wrote and acted in his own plays there Although the Globe theatre that exists today is not the one from Shakespeares time it is an almost exact replica The Delacorte theatre can in no way compare to the Globes fame but the performances that are put on in both theatres are magnificent The Globe was first built in 1599 and was one of the first playhouses to open in London Before the Globe actors had been homeless They had traveled around the country performing in various places The playhouse served as a home for them and also as entertainment for many people The Globes appearance is circular but it actually is polygonal and has twenty sides Most buildings around the time the Globe was built were long narrow and low but the Globe was almost the exact opposite It was three stories high and almost circular This made the Globe noticeable so it could catch peoples eye The Globes stage was a platform raised about five feet above a circular yard in which the lower class would stand to watch the play This central area was open to the sky except immediately above the stage which had its own roof supported by two pillars Higher up in the Globe were the parts with seats and a better view of the play The upper class watched from there Performances were given every day but Sunday and plays ran from two to five in the afternoon so that the sunlight would be perfect There was not one restroom for all two thousand spectators Nor were there any intermissions As a result the playhouse often smelled of urine as well as ginger garlic beer tobacco and sweat few Elizabethans bathed During a performance of Shakespeares King Henry VIII on June 29
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