Research project by: Aleah Richey

"The Tempest all take advantage of the different kinds of staging made possible by the Black friars. For example, these later plays used the more sophisticated stage machinery to represent flight" (Lander)..

-He temps all and takes advantage of them and their weaknesses as his strength. He is super smart and has though this all through. He knows their weakness and will take advantage of that.

"A public theater was a large platform that projected into the pit. This arrangement allowed the audience to watch from the front and sides. The performers, nearly surrounded by spectators, thus had close contact with most of their audience"(Lander).

-A theater open to the public had a project that was into the pit. Surrounded by spectators with close contact with all the audience.

"He used many dramatic devices that were popular in the Elizabethan theater but are no longer widely used. Modern readers and theatergoers can enjoy Shakespeare’s plays more fully if they know about the various theatrical influences that helped shape them" (jesse).

-Shakespeare wrote his plays to suit the abilities of particular actors and the tastes of specific audiences. The physical structure of the theaters in which his works were presented also influenced his play writing.

"The Swan was a theater in Southwark, London, England, built between 1594 and 1596, during the first half of William Shakespeare's career. It was the fourth in the series of large public playhouses of London, after James Burbage's The Theater (1576) and Curtain (1577), and Philip Henslowe's Rose (1587-8)" (Royal ).

-This shows, during the first half of William Shakespeare's career. It was the fourth in the series of large public playhouses of London, after James Burbage's The Theatre

"The absence of scenery did not result in dull or drab productions. Acting companies spent much money on colorful costumes, largely to produce visual splendor. Flashing swords and swirling banners also added color and excitement."(Royal ).

-Sound effects had an important part in Elizabethan drama. Trumpet blasts and drum rolls were common.

"consisted of only men and boys because women did not perform on the Elizabethan stage. A typical acting company had 8 to 12 sharers, a number of salaried workers, and apprentices." ( Royal ).

-The acting companies operated under the sponsorship either of a member of the royal family or of an important noble. Most sponsorships were in name only and did not include financial support. From 1594 to 1603, Shakespeare's company was sponsored, in turn, by the first and second Lord Hunsdon, a father and son. (Royal).

"By the late 1500’s, Elizabethan 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." (William)

-Public theaters were larger than private ones and held at least 2,500 people. They were built around a courtyard that had no roof.

"He used many dramatic devices that were popular in the Elizabethan theater but are no longer widely used. Modern readers and theatergoers can enjoy Shakespeare’s plays more fully if they know about the various theatrical influences that helped shape them." (Royal ).

-Shakespeare wrote his plays to suit the abilities of particular actors and the tastes of specific audiences. The physical structure of the theaters in which his works were presented also influenced his play writing.

"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."( Royal ).

-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 underside of the hut was sometimes called the heavens. Two pillars supported the structure. The underside of the heavens was richly painted, and the interior of the theater undoubtedly had a number of other decorative features." ( Royal).

-A half roof projected over the upper stage and the back part of the main stage. Atop the roof was a hut that contained machinery to produce sound effects and various special effects, such as the lowering of an actor playing a god.

Works Cited

“Folger Shakespeare Library.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

“Royal Shakespeare Company.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

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