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The Globes Audience in the Future
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1710  Monday, 13 September 2004

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Sep 2004 12:22:05 -0400
Subject: 15.1698 The Globes Audience in the Future
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1698 The Globes Audience in the Future

Situating the Globe stage on the southwest might put occasionally put
the sun in the eyes of some spectators.  It would place all the actors
in the same light (that is, in the shade), however--no confusing
transition from glare to gloom.  I assume that the designers of the
modern Globe, at least, could tell us how many of the spectators are
looking more or less directly at old Sol at 2:00 p.m. on 21 June, and
how many are shielded either by the interposed structure itself (stage
roof, gallery roof and overhang) or by being placed on one side or the
other.  I'm going to guess that the proportion is relatively small - the
first row or two in the center sections of the seats, the center rear of
the standees.   I've seen only one daylight production, in early June,
from seats in the second row of the third level at pretty much due
north.  It was a clear, bright day, not too hot; I had no sense that
people were having trouble with the sun. But surely experienced
Globe-goers can comment on this.

David Evett

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