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Railed Stage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1882  Tuesday, 15 November 2005

From: 		Bill Lloyd <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 15 Nov 2005 09:02:29 EST
Subject: Railed Stage
Comment: 	SHK 16.1873 Railed Stage

Just for the record, I did go for the yes-indoor and no-outdoor position 
in my initial summation on stage railings:

 >If one may generalize it seems as if stage-rails were not a feature of
 >[many? most? all?] public outdoor theatres [Swan; Fortune contract; Hope
 >contract] but were a feature of at least some private indoor theatres

Concerning the possible public theatre railings mentioned in W. Smith's 
The Hector of Germany, earlier I had speculated:

 >...Hector of Germany was acted at the public houses the Red
 >Bull and the Curtain, though it may have been written for another venue.

Dave Kathman writes me from London, where he is currently 
archive-diving: "I don't know of any evidence that Hector was performed 
at an indoor playhouse, though The Hog Hath Lost His Pearl, to which 
Hector was a sort of response, was performed at Whitefriars."  Smith 
(William the Herald, not Wentworth says Dave) was not a regular 
professional playwright working for the public theatres, and it seems 
quite possible he wrote it with a performance at Whitefriars or another 
private venue in mind, and it was either only revived at the 
Curtain/Bull (by 'prentices!) or played there after other venues fell 
through. Speculation of course, but the evidence Hector offers for rails 
on public stages is ambiguous at best.

Bill Lloyd

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