The worldof the theatre         A modern reconstruction of the Globe,        named “Shakespeare’s Globe”, London.
The world of the theatre  1. London’s permanent theatres               The building of permanent playhouses in London     ...
The world of the theatre  1. London’s permanent theatres                           Towards the end of the 16th century,   ...
The world of the theatre  1. London’s permanent theatres                           Towards the end of the 16th century,   ...
The world of the theatre  2. The architecture of theatres    The playhouses:    •          were round or octagonal in shap...
The world of the theatre  2. The architecture of theatres    The playhouses:      •         had a diameter of 25 metres   ...
The world of the theatre   3. Internal layout    The same basic structure consisted of:   • a stage partially covered by a...
The world of the theatre   3. Internal layout    The structure included:              • three tiers of galleries around th...
The world of the theatre   4. The audience   The “box-offices” offered a wide range of prices:     •          a penny (=1/...
The world of the theatre   4. The audience      •       The spectators ate and drank during the performance.      •       ...
The world of the theatre   4. The audience     • They were eager for sensation and overwhelming emotion.     • They loved ...
The world of the theatre   5. The actors     • Actors had to join a company of a prominent figure and bear         his liv...
The world of the theatre   5. The actors    • They had to vary their repertoire.    • They had no more than two weeks to p...
The world of the theatre    6. Female roles    • Companies included 5-6 boys to play female roles until their        voice...
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  1. 1. The worldof the theatre A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named “Shakespeare’s Globe”, London.
  2. 2. The world of the theatre 1. London’s permanent theatres The building of permanent playhouses in London was a break with the past. Only Connect ... New Directions
  3. 3. The world of the theatre 1. London’s permanent theatres Towards the end of the 16th century, several theatres were built: • the Theatre (by James Burbage, 1576) • the Curtain (by James Burbage, 1577) • the Rose (by Philip Henslowe, 1587) Only Connect ... New Directions
  4. 4. The world of the theatre 1. London’s permanent theatres Towards the end of the 16th century, several theatres were built: • the Swan (by Francis Langley, 1595) • the Curtain (by Cuthbert Burbage, 1599) • the Fortune (by Philip Henslowe, 1600) Only Connect ... New Directions
  5. 5. The world of the theatre 2. The architecture of theatres The playhouses: • were round or octagonal in shape • were 12 metres high The Globe Theatre was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named “Shakespeare’s Globe”, opened in 1997. It is on London South Bankside. Only Connect ... New Directions
  6. 6. The world of the theatre 2. The architecture of theatres The playhouses: • had a diameter of 25 metres • had a rectangular stage A reconstruction of the Globe Theatre. Folger Shakespeare Library.
  7. 7. The world of the theatre 3. Internal layout The same basic structure consisted of: • a stage partially covered by a thatched roof supported by two pillars and projected into a central area Globe Theatre Stage, 1997 Only Connect ... New Directions
  8. 8. The world of the theatre 3. Internal layout The structure included: • three tiers of galleries around the stage with the actors’ dressing room at the back The interior drawing of “The Swan” by Johannes de Witt, circa 1596. The Swan Theatre was built by Francis Langley about 1594, south of the Thames. The Swan was one of the largest and most Only Connect ... New Directions distinguished of all the playhouses in London.
  9. 9. The world of the theatre 4. The audience The “box-offices” offered a wide range of prices: • a penny (=1/12 of a London worker’s weekly salary) granted entrance to the pit (standing room around the stage) • six pence granted access to seated places in the covered galleries. Only city merchants and the nobility could afford the price Only Connect ... New Directions
  10. 10. The world of the theatre 4. The audience • The spectators ate and drank during the performance. • They freely expressed their emotions with laughter or tears. • They had a relish for language and long speeches. Geoffrey Rush in Shakespeare in Love directed by John Madden, 1998 Only Connect ... New Directions
  11. 11. The world of the theatre 4. The audience • They were eager for sensation and overwhelming emotion. • They loved metaphor and extremes. • They enjoyed thrills and horror. • They loved chronicles and history plays with heroic deeds (strong national feeling). Only Connect ... New Directions
  12. 12. The world of the theatre 5. The actors • Actors had to join a company of a prominent figure and bear his livery and arms (the Chamberlain’s Men of Elizabeth I and the King’s Men of James I). • An actor’s shareholding depended on the sum he invested to buy props and costumes of which he was joint owner. Only Connect ... New Directions
  13. 13. The world of the theatre 5. The actors • They had to vary their repertoire. • They had no more than two weeks to prepare a new play. • They often found themselves playing several roles in the same performance. • They needed an excellent memory. Only Connect ... New Directions
  14. 14. The world of the theatre 6. Female roles • Companies included 5-6 boys to play female roles until their voices broke. • They learnt singing, dancing, diction and feminine gestures and intonation from a very young age. • Contemporary audiences found them very convincing. Only Connect ... New Directions

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