Before delving in to all Bright Hub has to offer on Shakespeare and his theater, I'd like to share some interesting facts on The Globe Theater:
- Above the main entrance of The Globe is inscribed "Totus mundus agit histrionem," Latin for "The whole world is a playhouse," a concept made famous in As You Like It.
- Entry to the theater cost 1 penny for those who didn't mind sitting on the ground. For 2 pennies play-goers could sit in one of the theater's galleries.
- Shakespeare's first play performed at The Globe was Julius Caesar.
- The theater burnt down on June 29, 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. A fired cannon was the cause.
- The Puritans shut down all playhouses in London, including The Globe, in 1642. The theater was dismantled in 1644.
- A replica of the old theater exists today in its original location.