The Elizabethan Era was one of the most fascinating periods in the History of England. The Elizabethan era was a time associated with
the first's reign (1558–1603)
and is often considered to be the
. It was the height of the
. This was also the time during which
and many others composed plays that broke free of England's past style of plays and theatre.
White face makeup was applied to acquire the pale look; it was made up of a mixture of white lead and vinegar. A pale complexion was desirable in that era. Face paint made from plant roots and leaves was also applied. This was to resemble the look of Upper Class women in those days. Expensive dyes such as Cochineal was also makeup used to redden the cheeks and lips. Actors had to wear wigs which, by their colour and styles, showed the age and status of their character. Most just wore wigs because women weren't allowed in the plays so men had to step in and play the womens roles.
Clothing in the theatre:
The Globe Theatre Costumes were fabulous, extravagant materials, vivid colours and very costly. The costumes didn’t always reflect the correct period of the Play. The Globe actors generally wore the dress of their own time
instead of the time period presented in the production. Some were specifically made for the actors and some were donated by rich patrons. The Globe plays had to be produced in a great hurry in order to ensure a rapid turnover of new material and performances for the demanding Elizabethan audience and to beat the competition from rival theatres. Not enough time was available to build up a ready made store of costumes which reflected the correct period of the play. In this instance a combination of Roman clothes and ...
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