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In the early 16th Century groups of travelling actors would perform in the courtyard of inns They set up a stage against one wall Those who came to see the performance could view from the ground and those who were staying at the inn could watch from their rooms - like a private box One of these theatres was Blackfriars Theatre owned by a man called James Burbage who in 1597 died The theatre was left to two sons Richard and Cuthbert Burbage Unfortunately though the landlord believed that the lease was over and that the Burbages could no longer use the land as their father was now dead The Burbages purchased more land on Southbank near the Rose theatre and in 1598 the Globe was planned and had been completed by 1599 To finance The Globe seven shareholders or housekeepers were put in place Richard and Cuthbert owning 50 of the theatre between them and William Shakespeare and four others holding other 50 evenly A housekeeper was entitled to their share of 50 of the profits Soon The Globe would be the most popular theatre in London The 3000 capacity Globe Theatre also known as the Shakespeare Globe Theatre was not only one of most famous playhouses of all time but also the playhouse where Shakespeare performed many of his greatest plays The Globe was home to Shakespeares acting group The Lord Chamberlains Men and Shakespeare wrote most of his plays for the Globe He knew it well as a playwright actor part owner Shakespeare utilised the Globes multiple stages for stunning dramatic effect Some of the Shakespearian plays performed at the Globe ranged from comedies to tragedies These include Romeo and Juliet famous for the use of the balconies Hamlet Julius Caesar MacBeth King Lear Twelfth Night Or What You Will Richard II Troilus and Cressida Alls Well That Ends Well Timon of Athens Pericles Prince of Tyre The Tempest The Two Noble
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