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ERIC Number: ED102613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 21
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Origins of the Restoration Playhouse.
Wilson, Dennis D.
Contrary to the popular theory that the proscenium type of playhouse was imported from France by the Court of Charles II in 1660, the Restoration playhouse in fact developed from Elizabethan theatres and court masques. These Elizabethan theatres were the private theatres, and were generally small, rectangular, roofed structures where aristocratic audiences watched performances by candlelight and received amenities not obtainable in the public theatres. Restoration playhouse characteristics derived from the costly masques in the courts of Kings James I and Charles I included the use of movable scenery, the raked stage, and the proscenium arch. The scenic Restoration playhouse was virtually complete in all its elements before the restoration of Charles II, but did not reach its culmination until the building of the Dorset Garden Theatre in 1671 and the Drury Lane of 1673. As such, it endured for two centuries and became the accepted theatre model in both England and America. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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