In Shakespeare's time, plays were most often performed in outdoor theaters. Performances took place during the day so that the stage would be lit by natural light.
The people who stood around the stage were called groundlings. They paid one penny (or approximately $1.66 today) to enter the theatre. A seat in a balcony cost about a penny more.
Click on the image at bottom to see a larger image of this cut-away view of the Globe.
Can you imagine yourself performing on this stage?
How would a performance on the Globe stage be different from performing on a stage today?
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