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The Globe Theatre
About this creation


Macbeth Decides

Greetings! About a month ago, my literature class was learning about some Shakespearean works and the like. One thing we covered was the Globe Theatre. Like any LEGO builder, I thought "What if I could build that?" But I simply dismissed it; "I'd never have enough pieces for that!" Then, two of my friends said, "Hey [insert my first name here], you should build the Globe Theatre!" The idea stuck with me and so I started planning to build it.

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Built in 1599 in Southwark, England, the Globe Theatre was an octogonal structure that housed some of Shakespeare's greatest plays. For seating the Globe Theatre had three tiers of seats with a courtyard where "groundlings" would stand. At full occupation, all seats filled, this crowd would total to about 2,000 people. In addition to this, the Globe Theatre had two stages: one that was situated on the ground where much of the action would take place, as well as a balcony stage where some scenes were also performed. Behind the seats and balconies were small passages for actors to move about behind the scenes of the stage.

On top of the Globe Theatre rested a house, a special effects house. For the 16th and 17th centuries, special effects were nothing like today's, so these effects were accomplished by the use of feathers, water, bells, rumblings (for thunder), as well as a small opening in the roof where actors could be lowered onto the stage via rope and pulley. Overall, the Globe Theatre is quite the Madison Square Garden of Shakespearean times.

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And so, this brings us to the creation. Shakespeare's famous tragedy Macbeth (which is dedicated to King James Stuart I) is being performed at the Globe Theatre. This is one of the crucial scenes to the play, where Macbeth decides whether to permanently do away with King Duncan (in the balcony) or not. The disoriented porter (on stage with Macbeth) is also there.

King Duncan

Left Balconies

Right Balconies

King James Stuart and the Mrs.

King James Stuart I and his wife watch the play. The play Macbeth would have especially appealed to King James because Banquo (one of the main characters in the play) is said to be the father of all Stuart kings.


Stilt Man!

It looks as though there were always daredevils, even in medieval times!


Peasants

Two peasants mock Macbeth.


The Globe Theatre


Well, that's about the size of it. I do hope you enjoyed this MOC. So far this is my biggest creation yet, taking a little under a month to complete. And now that I have finished, I suppose I should start working on my homework for Christmas break: writing a whole new act of my own to add to Macbeth....

Happy building and God bless! :-)

- BrickBuilder7622

PS. Next project: my first attempt at a UCS (Ultimate Collectors' Series) creation...



Comments

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  February 28, 2015
Brilliant! It's perfect!
John Klapheke
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Black Smith
  February 7, 2015
So Good, well done !
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  January 9, 2015
Holy cow! This is beautiful! :)
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  January 9, 2015
Beautiful! Great work on the details and the smaller tableaus around the theatre. i particularly like the central columns, the stage and the spectators seats :-)
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  January 4, 2015
Quoting Mariner 1000 Incredible job! I think this is one of your best MOCs. Can't wait to see your UCS.
Thanks so much, Mariner! I really appreciate that. I actually don't think that I'll build the UCS just yet; I have a medieval build desire now. But maybe sometime, like a build or two later. Thanks again! :-)
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  January 4, 2015
Quoting Promar Quadratus Again, stupendous work here BrickBuilder. Evidently this build is a big hit (I mean, of COURSE it's a big hit ;) )! You're reaching new heights and broader frontiers, congratulations on a wonderful build (and the photo quality is perfect). I also like the fact that you make a lot of historical builds, not just fantasy or other made-up things, but real places with real history. Admirable. God bless and have a Happy (almost) New Year! ~Promar~
Wow, what a comment. Thanks so much Promar! We're both reaching new frontiers of builds and advancing onward! :-) I do build a tad bit of fantasy, but yes most of my builds do have some sort of existence (whether from a TV show or a building). Thanks again, bud! :-)
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  January 4, 2015
Quoting El Barto ! Nicely done! Great detail and design features. Didn't they rebuild it in the 90s?
Yes, I believe they did, a few hundred yards from the actual site of where the original Globe Theatre was supposedly constructed. Thanks so much! :-)
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  January 4, 2015
Quoting Clayton Marchetti WOW! BrickBuilder! This is magnificent! I love those pillars, there gorgous. I agree with below, the picture quality is superb. I feel like Im at flicker ! This is a most impressive build!
Haha, yes. Flickr gives me a wonderful opportunity to show my creations in full 24 megapixel glory (or rather just a big annoying picture that you are forced to look at). :P XD Thanks so much! :-)
 I made it 
  January 4, 2015
I really appreciate all the wonderful comments. Taking time to comment on this really means a lot to me, so thanks to one and all! *bows graciously* God bless! :-)
 I like it 
  January 1, 2015
Woah! Really Great Picture Quality and realness of the Build is Exceptional! Great Job!
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  January 1, 2015
Very nice Work! To recreate the entire theater in minifig scale is something for the people of Legoland, but I think your small sample gives a fine view of the magnificent Building.
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  December 31, 2014
A truly magnificent build, I`ve been to the Globe and loved it ever since, and you capture it greatly!
John Klapheke
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Andrew Alexander
  December 30, 2014
Wow really nice build! I love the details and the fun this build looks! Great job Brick! :)
John Klapheke
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Michael Rutherford
  December 30, 2014
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players… Well done! Your selection the Globe as a build is both refreshing and challenging. The photography and the accompanying text is also excellent! Attack!
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  December 30, 2014
Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. Fantastic job! Love the audience, especially the peasants mocking the Scottish king. Truly my favorite play from The Bard. Excellent! And, of course, full of sound and fury! ;)
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  December 30, 2014
Great build! Macbeth... One of my favorites too! I once saw a performance that had a particularly creative take on the scene with the 3 witches. Good luck with your act! :)
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  December 30, 2014
Amazing build!
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  December 30, 2014
Nicely done! Great detail and design features. Didn't they rebuild it in the 90s?
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  December 30, 2014
Fantastic!
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  December 30, 2014
Very nice recreation of a very nice theatre! Well done! One quetion though: have you done the exterior facade of it? Anyway, 5/5 ;-)
 I like it 
  December 30, 2014
Again, stupendous work here BrickBuilder. Evidently this build is a big hit (I mean, of COURSE it's a big hit ;) )! You're reaching new heights and broader frontiers, congratulations on a wonderful build (and the photo quality is perfect). I also like the fact that you make a lot of historical builds, not just fantasy or other made-up things, but real places with real history. Admirable. God bless and have a Happy (almost) New Year! ~Promar~
 I like it 
  December 30, 2014
WOW! BrickBuilder! This is magnificent! I love those pillars, there gorgous. I agree with below, the picture quality is superb. I feel like Im at flicker ! This is a most impressive build!
 I like it 
  December 30, 2014
Excellent subject matter, effective design, and intriguing historical context. A marvelous overall creation!
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  December 30, 2014
Incredible job! I think this is one of your best MOCs. Can't wait to see your UCS.
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  December 30, 2014
Very good build! I like the authentic layout, with the balconies etc. It would be really great if you could make a minifig-scaled version and populate it with a bunch of figs for the opening night of Henry V!
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  December 30, 2014
Wow! Grat idea! Brilliant MOC!
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  December 30, 2014
Wow! I am really impressed! Your build captures the scene well, and the the build is stunning!
 
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