Friday, June 29, 2012

This Day in History June 29, 1613

The original Globe Theatre of Shakespearean fame opened in 1599.  It was a 3-story, open-air theatre that could seat 3000 people.  Shakespeare's Julius Caesar was the first play ever performed in the Globe Theatre.  It was located in a rather seedy area of London, but it still attracted the wealthy people of the time period.

It was on this date in 1613 that the Globe Theatre caught on fire during the performance of Henry XII when a stage cannon accidentally sparked the straw roof.  It burned to the ground but was rebuilt a year later.

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