The first theatres in the country were built during the Tudor period. London's Globe Theatre was built in 1599 and destroyed by fire 14 years later. William Shakespeare made the Globe the most famous theatre in the country. The new Globe theatre was opened in 1997 and 16th century building methods were used to construct it. In this clip there are views of the Globe Theatre and the segregated seats for different income groups in the audience. The clip includes an extract of William Shakespeare's 'Henry V' on stage performed as it would have been in Elizabethan times.

First broadcast:
19 October 1998

Pupils could write a short play using their knowledge about the Tudors eg where they lived and what problems they may have in Tudor times. They could include details about the costume Shakespeare's history. Pupils could perform their plays to other classes or amongst themselves.