Station One

  • Shakespeare lived from 1564 - April 23rd, 1616 (52 years old)
  • That was around 400-450 years ago 
  • 38 of his plays have survived
  • Types:
    • Comedy
    • Tragedy
    • History
  • He also wrote sonnets

Station Two

  • The capital of England is London

Station Three

  • The first London theatre was called The Theatre.

  • The theaters were outside of the city limits so they would be free from the restrictions of the city

  • Queen Elizabeth have plays performed for her at her court.

  • Theatre companies performed plays in London

  • A patron supported them financially

  • Their companies were named after the patron.

  • Shakespeare's theatre company was Chamberlain's Men, and it changed to King's Men.

  • Everyone attended the theatre, and people were rude 

  • Instead of special effects, audience had to use their imagination

  • Boys played the role of women

Station Four- Globe Theatre

  • Shakespeare plays were first performed at the Globe in 1599

  • It held 3000 people

  • It held two performances a day

  • A flag was flown from the theatre during a performance

  • The sun provided the lighting for the performances

  • The stage was positioned in such a way so that the sun didn't shine in the actors' eyes

  • The timbers from The Theatre were used to create The Globe

  • The Globe was rebuilt twice

  • The term "box office" got its name by gatherers who stood at the door with boxes collecting admission

Station Five- The Tragedies

  • Shakespeare wrote 10 tragedies

  • A soliloquy is a speech that a character makes while alone

  • The purpose of a soliloquy is to help the reader better understand character and understand loneliness

  • Three characteristics of a tragic hero:

    • A man of high rank

    • Character creates or is put into bad situations

    • Victim of unlucky events

  • Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy

  • instead of helping to bring about their own downfall, Romeo and Juliet are victims of a terrible mix-up

  • In Shakespeare's time, they believed in the existence of destiny, fate, and prophecy

  • Tragedies usually end with the death of the hero and other characters

  • In most tragedies the feeling that something good many have come out of it is left.