William Shakespeare worked in and performed his plays at the Globe Theater in London. The theater opened in 1599 and was financed by the acting troupe, Lord Chamberlain's Men. The theater was three stories high, and its stage sat 5 feet above the first floor.
Richard and Cuthbert Burbage financed half of the money needed to build the theater, then recommended the five other members of the acting troupe put up the rest of the money. This included William Shakespeare, who ended up owning 12.5 percent of the building.
In 1613, the original theater burned down and was rebuilt one year later. In 1644, the Globe Theater held its final performance before being razed for incoming housing development. The current Globe Theater built in 1996 is a replica of the original building.