Today in Poetry History: Globe Theatre Burns to the Ground (June 29, 1613)

GlobeThe first Globe Theatre was an Elizabethan theatre where several of Shakespeare’s plays were originally staged. It was built around 1599 in London using timber from an earlier theater and was jointly owned by members of the theatrical company to which Shakespeare belonged. The Globe burned down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. It was rebuilt in 1614, but Puritans closed it and all other theaters in 1642, and it was demolished soon after. A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named “Shakespeare’s Globe”, opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre.

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