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

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

John Briggs

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