Learn about theater during Shakespeare’s time. Topics include why The Globe, his theater, was located in “the bad part of town” (Southwark), what the theater probably looked like, what sorts of special effects were used, and why it’s unlikely Romeo kissed Juliet.

Today, William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Once beginning readers get used to the 400-year-old language, they often discover that his plays are a really very beautiful – but also exciting, funny, suspenseful, and overall, a lot of fun.

Update: The London Bridge did cross the Thames during this period but people who could afford it still hired boats to cross because the bridge was crowded, slow, and dangerous.

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