Elizabetha Theater Facts

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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| Heating in...
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