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Title: Elizabethan%20Drama


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Elizabethan Drama

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Theatre buildings
  • Prior to 1576, plays frequently performed at inns
  • 1576 The Theatre
  • 1577 Curtain Theatre
  • 1587 The Rose
  • 1595 The Swan
  • 1599 The Globe
  • 1600 Fortune
  • 1604 The Red Bull
  • 1599-1629 - Indoor theatres Blackfriars,
    Whitefriars, Cockpit, Salisbury Court Theatre

3
Three types of stage
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The Globe Stage
  • Outer stage
  • Inner stage
  • Upper stage
  • Hell
  • Actors' entrances
  • Special effects level

5
The Performance
  • All the actors were men or boy apprentices
  • Hearing the play / viewing the play
  • Setting created through dialogue
  • Many stage props
  • Elaborate costumes (but anachronisms)
  • Audience participation

6
Mimesis realism - illusion
  • Definition of mimesis
  • Puritans mainly reacted against theatre as
    trickery and actors as con men
  • Illusions are the Devils work!
  • The plays of the age became deliberately
    anti-mimetic to quieten this view
  • Anti-mimetic devices the artificial language,
    boys playing women, soliloquies,
    three-dimensional playing, familiarity with
    actors, metatheatrical jokes etc.

7
Performance Conditions
  • Great crowd traffic - parking problems
  • Plays lasted 2-3 hours
  • Food and drink apples, nuts, water, bottle ale
  • Toilets in the corridors (buckets) or the river
  • Smells the industries, perfume, tobacco, garlic
  • The hats
  • Cutpurses, prostitutes, fights, riots

8
Special effects
  • The blood, gore, limbs
  • Trapdoors in floor and ceiling
  • Wires, ropes and harnesses
  • Cannon in the attic
  • Fireworks
  • Sound effects
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