Quick Answer: Why Do Groundlings Pay Less?

What did the audience do if they didn’t like a performance?

If they didn’t like the play, the audience threw them at the actors.

This is where our idea of throwing tomatoes comes from – but ‘love-apples’, as they were known, come from South America and they weren’t a common food at the time.

The groundlings were also called ‘stinkards’ in the summer – for obvious reasons!.

What jobs did Groundlings have?

Groundlings and Shakespeare A penny was about a days work for the Groundlings who were typically blacksmiths and farmers.

Did anyone die when the Globe Theatre burned down?

No one is reported to have died, but for Shakespeare’s playhouse, the most famous theatre in England, it was the end. The day was hot and dry, and within little more than an hour only smoking ruins were left. The fire raged so intensely that a house next door went up too.

Why were there no female actresses seen at the Globe Theater?

During Shakespeare’s time, in England, women were not allowed on the stage. This was primarily due to issues of morality. The two exceptions I noted above allowed women, but they were expected to have familial connections to the actors.

How much did the Groundlings pay to see a play?

Elizabethan general public or people who were not nobility were referred to as groundlings. They would pay one penny to stand in the Pit of the Globe Theater (Howard 75). The upper class spectators would pay to sit in the galleries often using cushions for comfort.

How did the Groundlings behave?

On the ground, the poorer, lower class audience stood as they could not afford seating; they came to be known as the Groundlings or Stinkards. This group, who paid a penny by dropping it into a box (hence, “Box Office”), was rowdy, bawdy, and often known to throw things at the players who did not meet their approval.