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Seating in the Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend. It 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.

While there are drawings of the outside of the theatre, historians do not really know what the inside of the Globe looked like. They have had to use written descriptions, details from the building contracts, drawings of other theatres, and clues in the plays written to be performed in the Globe.[1] In 1989 an archaeological dig at the site showed that the building was in the shape of a polygon, with 20 sides.[1] They also discovered the building was 100 feet in diameter.[1]

A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named "Shakespeare's Globe", opened in 1997 about 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre. The rebuilding was a project started by an American actor, director and producer, Sam Wanamaker.[1] He set up the Globe Theatre Trust, and spent years raising money and researching so that the theatre could be built. He died before the new Globe was completed.