Elizabethan Theatre Facts
| The Amphitheatres were designed as an open arena
Size of Elizabethan Theatre
| Up to 100 feet in diameter
| Shapes of Elizabethan Theatre
| Octagonal or circular in shape having between 8 and 24 sides
| Building materials used in the construction of Elizabethan Theatres
| Timber, nails, stone (flint), plaster and thatched roofs. Later amphitheatres had tiled roofs
| Building Duration
| 6 months
Overall design of the Elizabethan Theatre
| The open air arena of the amphitheatre was called the 'pit' or the 'yard'. The stage of the amphitheatre projected halfway into the 'pit'. It had a raised stage at one end which was surrounded by three tiers of roofed galleries with balconies overlooking the back of the stage.
| Audience Capacity
| 1500 - 3000
The Grounds of the theatre
| Bustling with people. Stalls selling merchandise and refreshments.
| Toilet Facilities
| None . People relieved themselves outside. Sewage was buried in pits or disposed of in the River Thames. All theatres closed during outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague - disease would have spread via the rats & fleas
| The Entrance to the theatre
| Usually one main entrance. Some later theatres had external staircases to access the galleries
| The 'Box ' and the 'Box Office'
| Playgoers put 1 penny in a box at the Elizabethan theatre entrance. At the start of the play the admission collectors put the boxes in a room backstage - the box office.
| Access to the Balconies & Galleries
| Two sets of stairs, either side if the theater. The first gallery would cost another penny in the box which was held by a collector at the front of the stairs. The second gallery would cost another penny
| The 'Housekeepers'
| The owners of the theatre
Lighting in the Elizabethan Theatre
| Natural lighting as plays were produced in the afternoon. However there was some artificial lighting mainly intended to provide atmosphere for night scenes
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