About Shakespearel William Shakespeare: l Believed to have been born April 23,1564 l Died April 23, 1616 l Father was a glove maker, tradesman, and bailiff (a mayor in today s time) l Mother came from a prosperous farming family
More about Shakespearel At age 18 he married Anne Hathaway l They had a daughter, Susanna, and twins Judith and Hamnet Not this -----à Anne Hathaway
More about Shakespearel By 1594, Shakespeare had joined Lord Chamberlain s Men l Later renamed The King s Men after James I came to power l Shakespeare owned a share of Lord Chamberlain s Men. He was very successful; therefore, he should have made a good living for his day.
More about Shakespearel During his time, Shakespeare produced and wrote thirty-seven (37) plays.
William Shakespeare -Man of Mysteryl We have only fourteen words in his own hands. l His name signed six times l The words by me on his will
William Shakespeare -Man of Mysteryl No written description of him penned in his own lifetime! l First textual portrait he was a handsome, well- shap t man: very good company, and of a very readie and pleasant smooth witt l This was written 64 years after his death by a man who was born 10 years after that death.
William Shakespeare -Man of Mysteryl The best spelling of his name is not certain l He spelled his name differently in all six signatures that survived. l Willm Shaksp l William Shakespe l Wm Shakspe l William Shakespere l Willm Shakspere l William Shakspeare l None of this are the spelling we use today!
William Shakespeare -Man of Mysteryl Only three images of Shakespeare exists 1. The Chandos portrait l Artist unknown l Subject unknown l Origin unknown l Not positive this is Shakespeare
William Shakespeare -Man of Mysteryl Copperplate Engraving l Painted 7 years AFTER Shakespeare s death - Very poorly painted - One eye bigger - Mouth is mispositioned - Hair is longer on one side - Head is out of proportion - Head seems to float off the shoulders like a balloon
William Shakespeare -Man of Mysteryl Statue l Painted and life-sized l Carved 7 years after Shakespeare s death - Was repainted, then Mistakenly white-washed then repainted again with no idea of original colors - Original colors would have given the statue detail not carved
Why was the Globe built?The Lord Chamberlain s Men (Shakespeare s acting troupe) needed a place to perform their plays so they could compete with other acting troupes.
History of the Globe Theatrel Built in 1598 and opened in 1599l Burned down in1613 from a cannon blast during the play Henry VIIIl Rebuilt and reopened in 1614l Closed down by Puritans in 1642 and was torn down in 1644l In 1996 a replica was built on the original site
Facts about the Globe Theatrel Original Globe was 3 stories and held about 3000 people.l Although most of Shakespeare s plays were held there, he only owned 12% of the theatre.l Located in Southwarknear the Thames River(just outside of London).
More Globe Factsl All classes of people attended plays there.l No roof so that they had sunlight.l Thus, plays had to be during the day.l People often skipped work to go.l Was not allowed to be built in the city of London because crowds often became rowdy.
Problems at the Theatrel Fightsl Spread of disease (the plague)l Drug dealingl Prostitutionl Theft
Entrance View l Everybody entered at the same place regardless of where you paid to sit or stand. l The stage juts out onto the floor, so some people would view from the side.
Floor View l Poor people could get into plays for little money, but had to stand. They were known as Groundlings. l It would be very difficult to see unless you were right next to the stage. l Plays often lasted 4-6 hours and the Groundlings would stand the whole time.
Second Floor View l The middle to upper class people could afford to sit on the second level. l The second level wrapped around both sides of the stage.
Third Floor View l Only the upper class could afford seats on the third level. l For extra money they could get a padded seat.
Stage View l The actors had to deal with many distractions: l Weather (no roof) l Rowdy Audience l Fruits and Veggies thrown at them if the play or the acting was bad.