In 1613, the Globe Theatre in London was the place to see a Shakespeare play. The Bard himself was rumored to act in some of his own productions and was a minority shareholder in the operations of the theater.

During a performance of Henry VIII in June of that year, a theatrical cannon misfired and ignited the thatched roof of the playhouse. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt, but there is a story of a man whose pants ignited and had to be put out with beer. Unfortunately, the theater wasn’t so lucky: without today’s firefighting technology and education, the whole thing was burnt to a crisp. It was rebuilt in the following year, and there is now a modern Globe Theatre that hosts plays less than a quarter mile away from the original site.

To recognize the Bard and his original famed theater, learn some common theater terms, a little more about Shakespeare’s era and brush up on some of the most famous lines in his plays.