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Although Shakespeares plays were performed at other venues during the playwrights career the Globe Theatre in the Southwark district of London was the venue at which the Bards best known stage works including his four great tragedies were first produced The Globe was built during Shakespeares early period in 1599 by one of his long-standing associates Cuthbert Burbage In 1597 Cuthbert Burbage inherited another London theater that was the first of its kind and simply called the Theatre As their lease on this building came to a close Richard Burbage Cuthberts brother bought the Blackfriars theatre located in Upper Frater Hall In 1598 however after enduring complaints of their neighbors and a successful petition to the city fathers to keep the troupe out of Blackfriars the company literally took matters into their own hands They returned to The Theatre stripped it to the foundation moved the materials across the Thames to Bankside and proceeded to construct the Globe Thus The Theatre was torn down and its timbers and other elements were used as the building materials for what would become the Globe Theatre Before erecting the Globe at a nearby site Cuthbert assured himself and his partners that they would have a stream of stellar content and the most renowned company of actors in England Burbage essentially built the Globe for the Chamberlains men a group of actors performed at The Theatre and the Globe and their chief writer William Shakespeare After some initial successes in the early years of the 1590s with the three parts of Henry VI The Comedy of Errors and Richard III during the seasons of 1592 and 1593 an outbreak of plague struck London and shuttered its theaters causing Shakespeare to turn from the playwrights trade to the composition of poetry It was in 1594 when the theaters of London including the Theatre and soon the Swan Theatre 1595 reopened that Shakespeare emerged as the powerhouse of
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