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About Shakespeare's Theater

Shakespeare for Kids

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.


Roll your mouse over the image of the Globe, above, to see the inside of the theater.


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.



Can you imagine yourself performing on this stage?


How would a performance on the Globe stage be different from performing on a stage today?


Learn more about the Globe

C. Walter Hodges. Bird's eye view of the Globe. Drawing, ca. 1973.

Shakespeare. As You Like It. Arranged by B. Iden Payne. New York, 1935

George Cruikshank. The First Appearance of William Shakespeare on the Stage ... Watercolor, 19th century

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