Elizabethan Theatre. …Starring William Shakespeare. Introduction. Throughout the middle ages plays were performed by workers in towns and were religious based, often retelling stories from the Bible.
…Starring William Shakespeare
The back wall could serve as a castle, house, palace, town, etc.
An inner stage was located at the back of the stage which could be closed from view with a curtain or used to represent inner rooms, caves and hiding places.
Above this inner stage was a balcony or upper-stage.
There was a muscians’ gallery and high above the stage was a turret from which a trumpeter announced the start of the play.Stage Design and Sets
Audience could distinguish the more significant roles by what the actors wore.
Were very important to actors and crucial to a performance because there was little scenery.
More well-established actors owned their own costumes/acting groups owned costumes that were appropriate for many roles
Decorated with braid, embroidery, pearls, jewels, lace, and artificial flowers.
Elizabethan theatre is still plays a part in our day to day lives, mostly through the influence of Shakespeare.
References to his work are in films, novels, plays, musicals, songs, poetry, artwork, satire…Even today his characters and storylines continue to inspire…Shakespeare Today
Shakespeare coined over 1600 words still used today including countless, critical, excellent, lonely, majestic, obscene and its.
Said to have had a vocabulary of some 29,066 words. An average person’s today might use just 2000 words used in everyday conversation. With a vocabulary like that, who needs a dictionary?
Names coined by Shakespeare:
- Imogen (Cymbaline)
- Jessica (The Merchant of Venice)
- Miranda (The Tempest)
- Olivia (Twelfth Night)
- Cordelia (King Lear)