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Discuss about the Elizabethan theatre and stage.It should include about the elizabethan...

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cutiechandrika | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 18, 2011 at 2:57 AM via web

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Discuss about the Elizabethan theatre and stage.

It should include about the elizabethan stage, actors, audience, about all the theatres of that time like Globe, Rose and Curtain theatre.

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted September 18, 2011 at 6:48 AM (Answer #1)

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Since you are asking to discuss three different theatres, that's three questions. What I can do for you is give you a brief summary of theatre in the Elizabethan (Shakespearean) age.

Imagine, walking into a large amphitheatre during some time of the day. There were hundreds, possibly thousands around you at this very time, strangely standing up. In the centre of the amphitheatre was a small stage, with very little props. There were some people on the outer skirts of the theatre, sitting down whilst being fed delicacies. You ask one of the men next to you why they are sitting down and why we had to stand up. He explains that we are meant to stand, because we only paid a very small price, but they paid almost a fortune, just to sit down and to be fed.

Suddenly, everyone goes quiet. Some actors come on the stage. You ask what's on the programme. He says "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.

Now, we have to remember that these people had to stand for hours, meaning that they had to be entertained otherwise they would be quite angry and would possibly throw food (in modern times, that wouldn't be polite). The crowd watches gleefully, and the show begins.

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Essentially, from what I just said is that there were four types of people who went into a threatre. The standers (low payers) the sitters (high payers), the actors and the managers. Of course, during the 1500's there was no electricity, meaning that they couldn't use lighting. But all playwright's knew that, and they tried to make up for it (for example, to represent night they might bring in a moon prop). If the crowd wasn't happy with the show, they'd simply throw food (usually rotten) and 'boo' (usually, crowds loved puns and words play, which is why there are a lot of sexual messages in Shakespeare's plays, for example a sword can not always mean what it is...).

 

Hopefully I helped :).

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