The Globe is the theatre that was built by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, and many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed there. In fact, Shakespeare’s plays are still performed at the Globe today!
Theatres during the Elizabethan era were very different from theatres today. Your job is to find out more about the Globe, and understand what it might have been like to watch a play in the Globe during Shakespeare’s time. Understanding the Globe helps us to understand why Shakespeare’s plays are written in a particular way, and how his audience would affect his writing.
You are required to research and answer the following questions. Your research should equal 1-2 pages, and the task will be marked out of 15. The number in brackets indicates how many marks each question is worth, and will give you an idea of how much you need to write.
Your research must be typed, printed and handed in with your name on it.
QUESTIONS FOR RESEARCH
- Where was the Globe theatre built? (1)
- When was it built? (1)
- Find a picture of the inside of the Globe theatre and label it (or find a picture that is already labelled). (1)
- Find a picture of the outside of the Globe theatre and label it (or find a picture that is already labelled). (1)
- Find a picture of the Globe theatre today. (1)
- Create a timeline of the theatre. You should include elements such as when it was built, when it experienced major disasters, when it closed etc. Your timeline should go up to the present day. (2)
- Explain the different sections of the theatre, and describe the types of people who would be located in each section. (2)
- Research theatre and stage performance in Elizabethan England. Write 1 paragraph summarising what you have discovered. (3)
- Research costumes used during Elizabethan stage productions. Write 1 paragraph summarising what you have discovered. (2)
- Describe how the Globe theatre is used today. (1)