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The Globe Theater A Brief History The Globe Theater is probably the most important structure in Shakespeares dramatic career Built in 1599 by the Chamberlains Company it stood on the Southern shore of the Thames River in London At this time Shakespeare was a member of the Chamberlains Company and therefore he became a shareholder in the theater The profits actors made off of their shares was their main means of support as it was for Shakespeare It was not his plays as some people may think which were often worth very little and ended up as property of the acting company The Globe was just one of many theaters built in London around this time The residents of London were in a frenzy for entertainment and in response many theaters for acting bear baiting and bull baiting were built throughout the countryside Some of the more famous theaters were The SwanThe Fortune The Curtain The Rose The Hope The Queens College The Kings Theater and of course The Globe Wealthy individuals were often patrons of the arts and would therefore purchase a theater of their own or in some cases an acting company may purchase a theater and play only for selected groups Some of these theaters located in London were The Blackfriars I and II St Pauls The Whitefriars Salisbury Court The Cockpit and Drury Lane The Chamberlains Company who built the Globe formed in 1594 At the time it was one of only two licensed acting companies in London Among the eight actors in the group were Shakespeare and Richard Burbage another notable English actor Of the eight only six donated the funds used to build the theater The Chamberlains Company later changed its name to the Kings Company when James took over the English throne The Globe was the most important structure to Shakespeares drama because most of his plays were written to be
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