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Shakespeares Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre also known as the Shakespeare Globe Theatre was not only one of most famous playhouses of all time but the play house where Shakespeare performed many of his greatest plays Built from oak deal and stolen playhouse frames the 3 storey 3000 capacity Globe Theatre co-owned by William Shakespeare has become almost as famous as the playwright himself In 1598 it was decided that the globe theatre would be built The Lord Chamberlains Mens needed a place to perform since the Blackfriars theatre in 1957 was at the end of its least The Lord Chamberlains Men were Shakespeare J R Burbage G Byran John Hemminges Augustine Phillips Thomas Pope and Will Sly They had no where else to perform their plays The Blackfriars theatre was the only theatre they had Without a theatre they could not compete with their rivals The Admirals Men who already had the Rose Playhouse to perform their plays The Lord Chamberlains Men would need a playhouse to compete but there was one little problem a lack of money Even though James and Richard Burbage of The Lord Chamberlains Men had money there still wasnt enough Instead they came up with an idea they would each own 25 of the new playhouse while the rest of The Lord Chamberlains men would each chip in the remaining 50 Shakespeare and the other four members of the lord Chamberlains owned 125 of the theatre The Globe theatre opened up in 1599 Not only could the theatre hold up to 3000 people but it turned out to be a good earner earning Shakespeare and his men both money from hiring out the playhouse and from ticket sales for their own performances there Though located near the river Thames Shakespeares playhouse was not in fact in central London but rather an outlying district called Southwark Southwark had a colorful reputation of
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