The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1893 Wednesday, 16 November 2005
Date: Tuesday, 15 Nov 2005 15:26:05 -0800
Subject: 16.1873 Railed Stage
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1873 Railed Stage
Does the Globe's stage rail come and go? When I saw the all-female Much
Ado in 8/04 there was a short (perhaps 9") rail that caught my attention
because I feared some actor, especially in interacting with the
audience, would catch her toe on the rail and pitch forward not only on
top of the groundlings but onto the ground. This would, I suppose, have
interrupted the performance. Perhaps some directors have the rail removed?
When Steve Purcell first queried on this subject a couple weeks ago, I
emailed him offlist to point out the Globe's rail, which I assumed to be
a permanent fixture, then was surprised that no one else mentioned it.
Now, in searching (at Google Image) on the Globe, I see the majority of
the pictures of the stage do not show the rail, and neither does the
Globe's own virtual tour at
one photo at http://www.unhmagazine.unh.edu/sp01/cambridge3sp01.html
does have the rail.
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