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Globe Theatre

Prices at the globe theatre?

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July 15, 2009 5:15PM

When the Globe first opened for business standing places were 1d (one penny) and seats started from about 4d (four pence). Since a typical day's wage for a semi-skilled labourer was between 2d and 4d at the time, going to the theatre was expensive but affordable for ordinary working people.

Towards the end of Shakespeare's working life his company (the Kings Men) opened a second theatre - the Blackfriars. At the Blackfriars ordinary seats started at 6d - which was really out of the reach of a working class audience.