In the early 16 th century Elizabethan actors performed whenever and wherever they could - in great halls, at court, and especially in the courtyard of inns. The position of the plays in the courtyard was set up against one wall. Those who came to see the performance could view from the ground, and those who were staying in the inn could watch from their rooms- like a private box. The globe theatre followed this same principle. There is no definite proof to establish how the 16 th century Globe actually appeared. There is however a specific view of an Elizabethan theatre: The theatre may have held as many as 3,000 spectators. It was probably round or hexagonal in shape. The Theatre's three tiers of galleries surrounded a platform stage that projected into the courtyard. The stage had a thatched roof, but the front of the stage and the pit were open to the sky.