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The Human Stage - English Theatre Design, 1567-1640 (Paperback) Loot Price: R884
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The Human Stage - English Theatre Design, 1567-1640 (Paperback): John Orrell

The Human Stage - English Theatre Design, 1567-1640 (Paperback)

John Orrell

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This book describes the theatres of the time of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson in the light of the contemporary architectural thought and building design. John Orrell incorporates recent discoveries about the structure of theatres such as the Red Lion playhouse (1567), the Christ Church Theatre, Oxford (1605) and the Paved Court Theatre, Somerset House (1632) in a re-examination of old assumptions about their design and origins. Orrell shows that the first public theatres, exemplified by the Globe on the Bankside, were fully realised architectural ideas, not ad hoc improvisations. Indoor playhouses, such as the Blackfriars and the Cockpit, Drury Lane, show clear signs of having been influenced by the theatre scheme of Sebastiano Serlio, a scheme which is human in scale, methodical in development and Roman in plan. Serlio's scheme is identified as a common link between the great public theatres of Shakespeare's time, the major private theatres and the Court masques designed by Inigo Jones. The story of the early stages is thus more coherent and more interesting than has been supposed. The book is extensively illustrated with contemporary views of London, theatre plans and scene designs.

General

Imprint: Cambridge UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2009
First published: 2009
Authors: John Orrell
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 316
ISBN-13: 978-0-521-10945-1
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Technical & background skills > General
LSN: 0-521-10945-0
Barcode: 9780521109451

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