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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London burns down (1613)

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London burns down (1613)

In 1613 a theatrical cannon being used for a performance accidently went off prematurely and set fire to part of The Globe’s thatched roof. Within minutes the roof was ablaze and fire spread wildly throughout the whole building. It is said that the building was destroyed in less than an hour and miraculously, only one casualty was recovered from the incident.

Activity Ideas:

  • Listen to a podcast about Shakespeare from our partners at History Hit – here
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