The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1735 Wednesday, 13 October 1999.
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 15:50:19 -0500
Subject: The Curtain
When discussing some background material on the theater of Shakespeare's
time with tenth graders today, I was asked a question that stumped me.
If the projecting stage of the Globe and other theaters of Shakespeare's
time were curtainless, why was a contemporary theater named "the
Curtain"? How were curtains associated with stagecraft in the popular
mind? Thanks for any light you can shed on this matter.