The Elizabethan theater By Jill Koff

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The theaters in the Shakespearean time has a great influences on drama theaters we see nowadays.

What type of theatre

Basically "In 1576, James Burbage built England’s first successful public theater, called simply The Theatre. It stood in a suburb north of London, outside the strict supervision of London government authorities. Soon other public theaters were built in the London suburbs. These theaters included the Curtain, the Rose, and the Swan. In 1599, Shakespeare and his associates built the Globe Theatre. Detailed evidence of how the Elizabethan public theaters looked is limited". This is talking about were they were located and what were private theaters and not private. It basically goes with it cause it give u information on when it started and ended. "The structure that enclosed the courtyard of a public theater was round, square, or many-sided. In most theaters, it probably consisted of three levels of galleries and stood about 32 feet (10 meters) high. The courtyard, called the pit, measured about 55 feet (17 meters) in diameter. The stage occupied one end of the pit. For the price of admission, the poorer spectators, called groundlings, could stand in the pit and watch the show. For an extra fee, wealthier patrons could sit on benches in the galleries". Its giving use a stutter of what most plays and theaters look like. Also how big also how good or poor the structure. It gives use an idea of what the theater looks like. "Plays were being performed in two kinds of theater buildings—later called public and private theaters. Public theaters were larger than private ones and held at least 2,500 people. They were built around a courtyard that had no roof. Public theaters gave performances only during daylight hours because they had no artificial lights. Private theaters were smaller, roofed structures. They had candlelight for evening performances. Private theaters charged higher prices and were designed to attract a higher-class audience". Public players held more people and was more popular than private. prive were more smaller and could hold candle light plays. This describes one what the show were like. Also that what the levels were and performances were like. This describes one what the show were like. Also that what the levels were and performances were like. This describes one what the show were like. Also that what the levels were and performances were like. Also for extra info he let anyone play there as long as they wanted to rent it out.

Dramatic conversations

“soliloquy, an actor, who is alone on the stage, recites a speech directly to the audience. Or he speaks aloud to himself his thoughts and feelings. In an aside, a character speaks words that the other characters onstage are not supposed to hear”. That the ones who are alone on stage are meant to say his/her thoughts that not other characters are suppose to here. I think it's smart how they would just leave one character on stage so u can really get a feel for the character. "Disguise played an important part in Elizabethan drama. Audiences enjoyed comic situations in which a boy played a girl character who disguised herself as a boy. Female characters masquerade as men in several of Shakespeare's plays, including As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, and Twelfth Night. Social conditions also made disguise an effective theatrical device in Elizabethan times". The people who attended the plays found it comical that guys played girls parts. there were a lot of guys who played girls roles in Shakespeare plays. The guy and girl thing i think it's funny that guys had to play girls roles. but i just don't get why girls can't play girls roles.

Acting compromises

"A typical acting company had 8 to 12 sharers, a number of salaried workers, and apprentices. The sharers were the company's leading actors as well as its stockholders. They had charge of the company's business activities. They bought plays and costumes, rented theaters, paid fees, and split the profits. The salaried workers, who were called hirelings, took minor roles in the plays, performed the music, served as prompters, and did various odd jobs. The apprentices were boys who played the roles of women and children". that there were 8-12 shares in each company. They each had to buy there own plays, music, etc… That i think this a good thing that they had to buy there own stuff for plays so not ever play will be the sam. "Shakespeare wrote most of his plays with a particular theater building in mind and for performers whom he knew well. Each major actor in the company specialized in a certain type of role. For example, one played the leading tragic characters, and another the main comic characters. Still another actor played old men. Shakespeare wrote his plays to suit the talents of specific performers. He knew when he created a Hamlet, Othello, or King Lear that the character would be interpreted by Richard Burbage, the company’s leading tragic actor". Shakespeare wrote all his play for each particular threat he would have them perform in. He would also write the roles to the person were it would suit their personality. I think that when Shakespeare wrote the play that it's good he would make the characters role that would suit them so they would be comfortable with it. "Occasional comments on performance, such as Hamlet’s famous advice to the players, provide another way in which scholars can reconstruct standards of performance. In addition, a consideration of the physical conditions of the theater allows for some conclusions. Most scholars agree that Elizabethan actors spoke their lines more rapidly than modern performers do". The one who were in the play or had line had a profession in theater. They also had to be able to speak their rapidly. They way they had this all set up is a good idea cause they would have people just show up and not know how to play the part right. "Buy 1592, Shakespeare had already became an actor and a play writer. By 1594, he was a charter member of the theatrical company called the Lord Chamberlain's(777)". He had already started writing and been in plays from the beginning of his career. That its cool that he was part of plays and knew how it felt to be in plays.

Works Cited

Beers, G. Kylene, et al. Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking. Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.


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