ancient greek roman and elizabethan theatres

Of the many types of entertainment and past times we have today, theatre is still one
of the most loved.For this we have to thank the very earliest forms ofancient Greek
and Roman theatre.These ancient time plays were staged often in honor of a god and
have paved the way for theatre as we know today.A particular aspect that has had a
remarkable effect on the way theatre has evolved is the architecture of ancient
theatres.The architecture of ancient Greek and Roman theatreshave had a
remarkable effect on future theatre designs including the architecture of the great
The Elizabethan time period in England was ever so popular and well accepted that
specialised theatres were having to be built to cope with the large audiences.Before
this plays were being held in grape cellars and old farm houses, and so were not able
to provide a large enough venue or provide the larger than life atmosphere play
houses needed.By the time Elizabethan theatre was in the British mainstream the
plays were being held in two types of theatre, the public and private.
The public Elizabethan theatres were much larger than the private ones and were the
preferred theatre of Shakespeare and other great playwrites to stage a production.
Thefirst such theatre was built by James Burbage in 1576 and was called simply the
theatre.Soon after other public theatres were built, including Shakespeare's own The
Globe which was built in 1599.They could appear round, square or many sided and
where built surrounding a central courtyard.Performances were only during daylight
because there was no artificial lighting, even though many plays had night scenes.In
most theatres it consisted of three levels of viewing galleries and stood about 10
metres high.As well as being viewer platforms the part of the upper two galleries
that went behind the stage were used as a balcony to give the play vertical action as

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