Shakespeare’s Globe: A Groundling’s View

What was it like to attend a performance in the Globe Theatre in the early 17th century? This illustrated talk describes the experience of play-going for ordinary Londoners. Forget all about examination texts and the library shelves sagging beneath the weight of scholarly criticism, instead ask: why did thousands of people enjoy the plays as presented on stage? What was it about the drama that attracted almost every level of London society from the Court to the illiterate whore? To appreciate the genius of Shakespeare it is essential we understand how the plays worked on the stage of their time. Only with the opening of the New Globe Theatre, has it been possible to enjoy almost the whole experience of theatre-going as it might have been enjoyed by an Elizabethan.