2000

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1168  Tuesday, 6 June 2000.

From:           John Briggs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 6 Jun 2000 09:31:51 +0100
Subject:        Shakespeare as Sharer

> Sam Small wrote:
>
> Well, actually Shakespeare himself was a serious money maker.  He
> owned
> 10% of the Globe Theatre in London and a very large estate in
> Stratford.

On a point of accuracy: in the new book by Andrew Gurr & Mariko
Ichikawa, "Staging in Shakespeare's Theatres" (Oxford University Press,
2000) ISBN 0 19 871159 X or 0 19 871158 1 (pbk) (Oxford Shakespeare
Topics, General Editors: Peter Holland & Stanley Wells), I find on p.33:

"That is how Shakespeare as an actor and sharer in his company came to
own 12.5 per cent of the Globe, and later a similar share in the
Blackfriars."

Which is correct?  Were there eight or ten shares in the Globe?  (Use of
"per cent" is somewhat anachronistic!)  And what does "similar" mean
anyway?

Confused,
John Briggs

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