William Shakespeare began writing for London’s theaters at the end of the 16th century. In 1599, he along with actors in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built The Globe along the South Bank of the River Thames. Shakespeare’s famous plays debuted on this stage. The theater burned during a performance of Henry VIII in 1613, the same year when Shakespeare wrote his last play, The Two Noble Kingsmen. One year later, the theater reopened. In 1642, The Globe was forced by the Puritans to close along with all of London’s playhouses. In 1997, a replica of the original Elizabethan theater was constructed called Shakespeare’s Globe.