The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1720 Tuesday, 14 September 2004
Date: Monday, 13 Sep 2004 15:25:55 -0400
Subject: 15.1709 Henslowe's 'ne'
Comment: Re: SHK 15.1709 Henslowe's 'ne'
>As a critic's husband and actor's dad, I can state confidently that most
>opening night theatrical audiences in the North American professional
>theater are largely comprised of people who have not paid for their
>tickets--critics, family and friends of the producers and actors and
>staff, major financial supporters. And the posted prices are the same
>as for the rest of the run.
But that is under the long-run system; in general, even those few modern
US and UK theatres that attempt to perform under some kind of repertory
system (e.g., Paul Barry's NJ Shakespeare Festival [1963-1990, R.I.P.]
or the Ohio Light Opera) are, in reality, only doing interleaved long
runs. Moreover, the 16th century knew nothing of professional reviewers
and combined both small staffs and singular "angels" with very large houses.
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