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The Globes Audience in the Future
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1731  Monday, 15 September 2004

From:           Chris Whatmore <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Sep 2004 17:37:19 +0100
Subject: 15.1698 The Globes Audience in the Future
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1698 The Globes Audience in the Future

David Evett writes:

 >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.

I can't speak for the galleries at Shakespeare's Globe but in my
experience of matinees in the yard it has always been possible in the
right weather conditions to find a position (usually towards the back)
where the sun will get in your eyes. Equally, it is always possible to
find shadow within a few paces of those positions, usually by moving
towards the stage.  At the Measure for Measure matinee on September 3,
attendants were actually handing out cardboard beanie hats to shield
spectators from the strong sunlight, which suggests that the issue is
not a new one. As to the wider question concerning the orientation of
the original open air theatres, the guide on my recent tour of the Rose
was definitely of the opinion that the stages were deliberately
positioned to keep the sun off the actors. cw

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