Theater was built in just 6 months between 1597 and 1598
Chamberlain's men acting company, including William
Shakespeare used the Globe, an open-air amphitheatre, as the
venue for their summer productions
The theatre held
more than 1500 people - it was a huge building - made of
timber and with thatched roofs
There was no
heating and limited artificial lighting
There was one
And there were
two flights of stairs leading to the galleries which
surrounded the 'Pit' and the stage
There were three
tiers of roofed galleries with balconies and the seats in
each of the three levels of galleries were tiered with three
rows of wooden benches which increased in size towards the
back, following the shape of the structure of the building
To get to the
stairs the members of the audience would walk behind the
wooden benches through each of the galleries
The Globe was
clearly a huge Fire Risk!
between the theatres was fierce!
The better the
plays and the better the special effects that accompanied
them led to bigger audiences
effects used at the Globe were spectacular!
There were smoke
effects, fireworks (for dramatic battle scenes), trap-doors
and rigging which allowed for flying entrances. There was
even music to accompany the plays!
company became more ambitious with their ideas for special
Someone had the
idea of using a real cannon on the stage! This would be used
at the beginning of a performance and would have produced an
amazing sound effect!
were not discussed! Fire hazards were ignored!
On June 29th
1613 fire broke out at the Globe Theatre - William
Shakespeare would not have been in the theatre at the time
of the fire as he had retired to Stratford-upon-Avon
A canon had been
used for special effects, heralding grand entrances!
The canon was
loaded with gunpowder and wadding
The canon was
fired during a performance of King Henry VIII
roof caught on fire
Fire would have
spread quickly - the building was made of wood