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Elizabethan Theatre Facts

Picture of the old Globe Theatre famous for the first production of plays by William Shakespeare

Elizabethan Theatre Facts

FACTS AB !T T"PES F E#$%ABET&A' # '( ' T&EATE)S A'( P#A"& !SES There *ere three different types of +enues for Elizabethan plays, $nn-yards. pen air Amphitheatres and Playhouses/ The $nn-yards *ere the ori0inal +enues of plays and many *ere con+erted into Playhouses/ e The Amphitheatres *ere 0enerally used durin0 the Summer months and then the Actin0 Troupes mo+ed to the indoor playhouses durin0 the Winter Season/ FACTS AB !T T&E (E1E# P2E'T F E#$%ABET&A' T&EAT)E Facts - The early days of Elizabethan commercial theatre/ Performances held in pri+ate #ondon $nns/ $ne3pensi+e/ &eld indoors or the yard/ Audience capacity up to 455 Facts - Think of a public outdoor structure like the Coliseum or a small football stadium *ith a capacity of bet*een 6455 and 7555 people Facts - A small. pri+ate indoor hall/ pen to anyone *ho *ould pay but more e3pensi+e *ith more select audiences/ Audience capacity up to 455 F E#$%ABET&A' # '( ' T&EATE)S. P#A"& !SES 8 $''-


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Elizabethan Theatre Audiences

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Elizabethan Theatre Audiences

The Elizabethan Theatre - Elizabethan Theatre Audiences

The Elizabethan Theatre Audiences attracted people from all classes - the !pper Class nobility and the #o*er class commoners/

Elizabethan Theatre Audiences

What a treat the theater *as for the people of Elizabethan #ondon/ &istories. Tra0edies and Comedies *ritten by the 0reatest play*ri0ht of them all - William Shakespeare/ The popularity of the theater reached people from all *alks of life - from )oyalty to the 'obility and the Commoners/ What *as a day out at the Elizabethan theater like for the audiences; Where did they sit; &o* much did it cost; What did they eat; What *ere the amenities like; &o* did illiterate members of the public kno* *hat plays *ere bein0 presented;

#ondon Theatre0oers - The #ondon play 0oers lo+ed the Theatre< $t *as their opportunity to see the 0reat plays and each other< Elizabethan Audience Capacity - the theatres could hold 6455 people and this number e3panded to 7555 *ith the people *ho cro*ded outside the theatres )oyalty - =ueen Elizabeth $ lo+ed *atchin0 plays but theses *ere 0enerally performed in indoor playhouses for her pleasure/ She *ould not ha+e attended the plays performed at the amphitheatres The 'obles - 'obles *ould ha+e paid for the better seats in the #ord:s rooms payin0 4d for the pri+ile0e The Commoners called the Groundlin0s or Stinkards *ould ha+e stood in the theatre pit and paid

6d entrance fee/ They put 6 penny in a bo3 at the theatre entrance - hence the term :Bo3


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Fla0s. Crests and 2ottos - Ad+ertisin0 - Fla0s *ere erected on the day of the performance *hich sometimes displayed a picture ad+ertisin0 the ne3t play to be performed/ Colour codin0 *as used to ad+ertise the type of play to be performed - a black fla0 meant a tra0edy . *hite a comedy and red a history/ A crest displayin0 &ercules bearin0 the 0lobe on his shoulders to0ether *ith the motto >Totus mundus a0it histrionem> ? the *hole *orld is a playhouse @ *as displayed abo+e the main entrance of the Globe Theater/ This phrase *as sli0htly re-*orded in the William Shakespeare play As "ou #ike $t - >All the *orldAs a sta0e> *hich *as performed at the Globe Theater/ Special effects *ere also a spectacular addition at the Elizabethan theaters thrillin0 the audiences *ith smoke effects. the firin0 of a real canon. fire*orks ?for dramatic battle scenes@ and spectacular :flyin0: entrances from the ri00in0 in the :hea+ens:/ The Facilities ran0ed from basic to non e3istent<

The Globe Theatre audiences

The Elizabethan 0eneral public ?the Commoners@ referred to as 0roundlin0s *ould pay 6 penny to stand in the :Pit: of the Globe Theater/ The 0entry *ould pay to sit in the 0alleries often usin0 cushions for comfort< )ich nobles could *atch the play from a chair set on the side of the Globe sta0e itself/ Theatre performances *ere held in the afternoon. because. of course. there *as limited artificial li0htin0/ 2en and *omen attended plays. but often the prosperous *omen *ould *ear a mask to dis0uise their identity/ The plays *ere e3tremely popular and attracted +ast audiences to the Elizabethan Theatres/ There *ere no toilet facilities and people relie+ed themsel+es outside/ Se*a0e *as buried in pits or disposed of in the )i+er Thames/ The audiences only dropped durin0 outbreaks of the bubonic pla0ue. *hich *as unfortunately an all too common occurrence durin0 the Elizabethan era/ This happened in 64B7. 6C57 and 6C5D *hen all Elizabethan theatres *ere closed due to the Bubonic Pla0ue ?The Black (eath@/

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Elizabethan Theatre Audiences

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