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I had to write a research paper on the Globe Theater. Is this OK?

In 1576, outside the city of London, an actor-manager named James Burbage built the first stable theater in England, called The Theater. Before The Theater, plays were usually performed anywhere a space could be rented.

In 1599, Burbage’s theater was demolished and Shakespeare and his company used its timbers to build the Globe Theater, which was the theater for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays.

In his play Henry V, Shakespeare called his theater a “wooden O”. It was a huge, round building, three stories high, with a large platform stage. In the back wall of this stage was a curtained-off inner stage. Bordering the inner stage were two doors for entry and exits. Above the inner stage was an upper stage, or a small balcony. Trapdoors were placed in the floor of the main stage for the entrances and exits of ghosts and descents into hell.

The plays were always performed in the afternoon and since the stage was open to the sky, there was no need for lights. There were very few sets such as furniture, but costumes were usually sophisticated, and the stage might be hung with colorful banners and trappings.

The theater in Shakespeare’s day was very different from the theater we know today. Acting wasn’t considered respectable by the English Puritans, so all female parts were played by boys. Women did not appear on stage in the professional English theater for many years so in that time, Juliet would’ve been played by a trained actor instead of an actress.

The theater was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642. A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named "Shakespeare's Globe", opened in 1997. It is approximately 230 metres (750 ft) from the site of the original theater.

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  1. Other than the first sentence which has a confusing reference, the rest of the essay is very good and accurate.

    For human interest you might add some information about the people who came to see the plays, 'groundlings'.

    http://www.william-shakespeare.info/william-shakespeare-globe-theatre.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globe_Theatre

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