Q:

How did the Globe Theatre burn down?

A:

Quick Answer

The Globe Theatre burned down as the result of a prop issue during a performance of Henry VII in 1613. During the performance, a cannon fired into a beam causing the beam to set fire. The fire then spread to the roof and engulfed the whole theater within one hour.

Know More

Full Answer

The Globe Theatre was a round, wooden building that is famous for debuting several of Shakespeare's famous plays, such as "Hamlet" and "Macbeth." It contained room for 1,000 sit-down guests and 2,000 standing guests. Built by members of Shakespeare's own acting company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the theatre was constructed almost entirely from upcycled materials derived from another playhouse.

The Globe Theatre allowed anyone that could pay admission to come inside and watch the now infamous plays. The sign that hung above the door read, "Totus mundus agit histrionem,” which means "all the world's a stage." Although the plays at the Globe Theatre had dim lighting and used little props to visually accompany the story, the trap door at the bottom of the stage allowed the supernatural beings in the plays to appear to rise up out of nowhere and astonish the playgoers.

After the Globe Theatre burned down, the Lord Chamberlain's Men rebuilt it in another location. It remained in operation until 1642.

Learn more about US History

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What was a result of the XYZ Affair?

    A:

    One result of the XYZ affair was that the United States government raised the Navy. However, the XYZ Affair was settled by 1800 through the Treaty of Mortefontaine.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What caused the Stamp Act?

    A:

    According to UShistory.org, the Stamp Act of 1765 was an attempt on the part of Great Britain's Parliament to reduce the country's national debt, which had grown from £72,289,673 to £129,586,789 over the previous 10 years, largely as a result of the Seven Years War. The Stamp Act was the first serious attempt Parliament made to tax the colonies and assert authority over them.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What were some of the diseases Columbus' journey brought to America?

    A:

    As a result of the interactions between the Old World and New World that began with Christopher Columbus' journey to the Americas, several new diseases were introduced to the Native American population including influenza, smallpox, malaria, measles and yellow fever. The Native Americans' immune systems, having never been exposed to the diseases prior to the arrival of the Europeans, proved highly susceptible to the new pathogens. Some estimates place the number of deaths from European diseases among Native American populations as high as 80 to 95 percent during the first 150 years following Columbus' 1492 landing.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many duels was Andrew Jackson involved in?

    A:

    Andrew Jackson was known as a physically violent and short-tempered man who frequently resorted to combative solutions such as dueling to solve his problems, and as a result, there is no firm historical record on the exact number of duels this American president fought in his lifetime. However, there are a number of notorious dueling incidents that are part of the historical record, including a fatal fight in which Jackson killed a man named Charles Dickinson in 1806. Public slander against Jackson and his wife appears was likely the impetus for this fight, which left Jackson with a nonfatal gunshot wound to the chest and cost Dickinson his life.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore