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Katie G.'s Renaissan

Renaissance Drama

Audience Numbers 2000-3000 seats
Shape of Theater round, octagonal, or rectangular shaped
Structure of Theater roofed stage with unroofed general seating
The Globe 1599
The Fortune 1600
The Swan we do not know
Attic huge room used for storage of props, rehersals, and auditions
Balcony housed musicians and actors
Heavens the stage ceiling decorated w/zodiac and other symbols
Gallery housed benched seating for paying patrons, aristocracy would sit in the middle gallery(royalty) (2 pence)
Stage bare boards used for performances
The Gentleman's Room seating in the middle gallery (cushioned seats for 3 pence)
Private Playhouses smaller than public and roofed, 1/4 to 1/2 the seating capacity of the public theatre, performed plays year-round
Structure of the Stage 2-3 tiers of roofed galleries, 4-6" raised stage with trap doors, 2 level facade behind stage, no scenery
Christopher Marlowe greatest English tragedy writer next to Shakespeare
Ben Jonson a classic writer, wrote satires and spent lots of money on his productions
William Shakespeare greatest English dramatist, wrote histories, comedies, tragedies, and fantasies
Use of soliloquies speeches where teh actors talk alone to reveal their thoughts
Audience all classes of people, the price of admission was the only thing that separated the classes
Actors all men, women's parts acted by young boys
Jobs of actors acting, singing, dancing, and fencing
Actor's pay paid well, memorize many works at one time, available at short notice
Troupes 3-4 men and a boy(women's roles), controlled by sovereignty
Location of troupes performed their "pageants" in courtyards and town squares
Richard Burbage played Shakespeare's tragic figures
Edward Alleyn acted tragedies by Marlowe and others
William Kemp portrayed Shakespeare's comic parts
Costumes contemporary English fashion, except for supernatural characters, followed conventions of medieval English theatre
Performances began around 3p.m., lasted for 2 hours
The Blowing of the trumpets and raising of the flag announced teh beginnings of the plays
Created by: kgorenc