The one and only Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was one of the world’s greatest writers. He came to London to be an actor but became famous for writing plays and poetry. One story says he had to run away from home after stealing deer, but this is probably not true.
Shakespeare’s plays were acted in a large, round, open-air theatre called the Globe, which was built in 1599. Colour coded flags were used outside the theatre to advertise the type of play to be performed – a red flag for a history play, white for a comedy play and black for a tragedy.
At the base of the stage was an area called “the pit” which held “the groundlings” – people who paid just a penny to stand and watch a performance.
A jealous writer named Robert Greene wrote rude things about a newcomer he called ‘an upstart crow’. He meant Shakespeare.
Shakespeare lived more than 400 years ago yet people still go to see his plays. Have you studied Shakespeare at school?