Shakespeare's Globe Facts
- The Globe Theatre is the only thatched building that has been built in London since the Great Fire of 1666.
- The modern Globe theatre was built using the same building materials and techniques that would have been around in Shakespeare’s time. One thousand English oak trees were carved using traditional methods to make the timber frame, and the walls are made of 36,000 handmade bricks, lime putty and cashmere goat’s hair.
- Different coloured flags were used to signpost what kind of play was being performed. White flags were raised for comedy plays, black flags for tragedies and red flags signalled history plays.
- Nobody was hurt when the original theatre burned down in 1613, but one man’s breeches caught fire and a quick-thinking bystander put out the flames with his beer!
- Totus mundis agit histrionem was the motto of Shakespeare and his acting company. It literally means ‘the world is a playhouse’.
- The first performance in the modern Globe theatre was in German while the theatre was still being built.
- In Shakespeare’s time, it would cost just one penny to stand and watch a play. Today ‘groundlings’ can enjoy performances for just £5.