Elizabethan Theathre

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Elizabethan Theatre & Drama Drama and theatrical presentation in Elizabethan England is not acknowledged and remembered today because of individual plays, but for the physical plant itself, its facilities, social attendance, general themes, and writers of the time. Plays were important and vital to the time period, but the playhouse and factors surrounding it, really characterize the Elizabethan period. Writers and actors alike all play an important part in the theatre, and very important is the structure of the playhouses. By far the most famous, or better-said, well known theatre of Elizabethan theatre has to be the Globe. The Globe influenced and affected all other playhouses of the time. One reason that the Globe is so famous is because of the close connection with Shakespeare. Once the Globe opened its design and equipment were so good, that it surpassed all its rivals. Within a period of five years all other theatres of its type had to be closed or replaced. In short the Globe playhouse witness and helped create the essence of the Elizabethan theatre. The shapes and dimensions of Elizabethan theatres were strongly influenced by the shape, size and structure of the playhouse as a whole. On thing that is extremely impo Continue...


The whole Elizabethan movement is very detailed from the entrance of the actual playhouses to the very stage directions of a play. First, the playhouses so complicated, as they were with their octagonal shape and wood material were built so thoughtfully and planned out. The reason why the structure was considered to be so great is because wood does not lend itself well to bending. The material used was very valuable (rod, rings, actual curtain) and very sturdy. Second, the drama had its own flavor and theme. In the playhouses the two-penny areas were called the "two-penny room or gallery. Other important writers of the time are Marlowe, Jonson, Lyly, Kyd, Dekker, and others that were not too important and didn't have a huge impact. Writers mention the two-penny room as a setting for only certain types of spectators. And the lower class was not really the pick of the litter for authors who wrote and recorded information on the playhouses. The physical plant is a great part of what people call Elizabethan theatre, but there is much more. Traps varied in size, from small to large. Playhouses of the time usually had an octagonal frame and the galleries all ended up being converted into spectator-galleries encircling a corresponding portion of the playhouse's yard. Architects of the time tried to develop better and safer playhouses. The two-penny rooms were designed for the theatergoers of the average means, those for whose approval playwrights and actors put forth their best efforts. Another one being that the playhouses themselves lent to such good stage directions and maneuvering of actors.