If you were a boy in Shakespeare’s day, you could pay a penny—about the price of a loaf of bread—to stand and see a play, or you might even act in his company. Shakespeare’s group of actors, called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, performed at the Globe Theatre in London.
All kinds of people saw the plays, from apprentices to merchants, their wives, and members of the royal court. Men and boys performed all the roles, even the female ones. Imagine boys playing the part of Juliet, Ophelia, or even Cleopatra! The audience ate nuts, instead of popcorn, during the performances.