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Actors / Audience

Acting companies consisted of only men and boys, woman were not permitted to act on any Elizabethan stage. The Actors for the Globe theatre were primarily men and boys from Shakespeare's acting company-The kings Men. The Shareholders including Shakespeare, were the leading actors of the plays. The audience consisted of people who were poor, and people who were wealthy. The seating however, was determined by wealth and social status. The admission rate was a penny, but if you wanted to sit in the gallery, to be away from the elements, you had to pay extra. The poorer members of the audience stood in the courtyard. When a play was to be held, a flag was raised on the top of the playhouse as the signal to the people of the event. A trumpet was also blown.