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Globe Theatre Burns to the Ground (1613)

The first Globe Theatre was an Elizabethan theatre where several of Shakespeare's plays were originally staged. It was built around 1598 in London using timber from an earlier theater and was jointly owned by members of the theatrical company to which Shakespeare belonged. The Globe burned down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. It was rebuilt in 1614, but Puritans closed it and all other theaters in 1642, and it was demolished soon after. What caused the fire in 1613? More...
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A theatrical cannon, set off during the performance, misfired, igniting the wooden beams and thatching. According to one of the few surviving documents of the event, no one was hurt except a man whose burning breeches were put out with a bottle of ale.
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Facts about the Globe Theatre Fire

*The Globe Theatre Fire occurred during a performance of a new play called All is True ( perhaps this play was re-named Henry VIII and credited to William Shakespeare in the First Folio )
*There were several cannons used
*That cannons were being shot off at the point in the play which describes the entry of King Henry attending a Masque at Cardinal Wolsey's house
*Tampin or stopple (a plug or cover for the muzzle of a cannon to keep out dust and moisture) set the thatched roof on fire
*The Globe Theatre audience first ignored the fire, believing it was just smoke from the cannon
*The fire first kindled inwardly, and ran round like a train, consuming within less than an hour the whole house to the very ground - the other account states it was burnt in less than two hours
*Only one man had his breeches set on fire which he put out with a bottle of ale
*The Globe Theatre had two narrow doors by which the audience got out - perhaps one was the main entrance door and the other was an exit door
*No mention is made of any deaths or serious injuries "it was a great marvaile and a fair grace of God that the people had so little harm."

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