What is a groundling?That is the question...
Head of Research, Dr Will Tosh, explains the history behind the bizarre nickname given to the Globe’s standing audience members
In Shakespeare’s time, if you couldn’t afford the luxury of a hard bench, audiences stood in the yard for hours to watch the play, pressed in alongside the other groundlings. But what is a ‘groundling’? What does it mean? That is the question.
Join Dr. Will Tosh, Head of Research at Shakespeare’s Globe, as he explains the history behind the bizarre nickname given to the Globe’s standing crowd in this episode of our educational YouTube series, That is the Question.
Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642