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Illustration of the Globe Theatre


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In Shakespeare's day, the Queen or King did not visit the theatre, the theatre went to them. The Lord Chamberlain's men often performed for Queen Elizabeth I. Shakespeare wrote 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' especially for the Queen.

Shakespeare remained with the same theatre company for almost 20 years and produced around two plays a year. He wrote 37 plays between 1590 and 1612.

Shakespeare owned a share of the Globe Theatre (shown in the drawings) and therefore received money for each performance, so the more successful the theatre the more he earned. He did well and invested in property in London and Stratford-upon-Avon.

In 1603 when James I (James VI of Scotland) came to the English throne, he loved the theatre and granted Royal Patronage to Shakespeare's acting company which then became known as 'The King's Men'.

16th Jun 2005

English, History

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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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