The Globe Theatre, Bankside, 1599
History of Elizabethan London Theaters - including the Globe Theatre
The first proper theater as we know it was called the Theatre, built at Shoreditch, London in 1576 and the owner was James Burbage. James Burbage had obtained a 21-year lease with permission to build the first playhouse, aptly named ' The Theatre. ' Before this time plays were performed in the courtyard of inns or inn-yards, or sometimes, in the houses of noblemen or in extreme circumstances on open ground. After the Theatre, further open air playhouses (theaters) opened in the London area, including the Rose Theatre (1587), and the Hope Theatre (1613). The most famous Elizabethan playhouse (theater) was the Globe Theatre (1599) built by the company in which Shakespeare had a stake-- now often referred to as the Shakespearean Globe.
Link to the full text and information source: William Shakespeare info. website - http://www.william-shakespeare.info/william-shakespeare-globe-theatre.htm
Image source: Circulating Collection, Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia. Subject: Theatres - England Globe