The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1923 Tuesday, 22 November 2005
From: Christopher Baker <
Date: Monday, 21 Nov 2005 17:34:22 -0500
Subject: Empty Stage?
At the end of act four of The Tempest, the stage direction reads
"Exeunt." Act five begins when Prospero returns wearing his magic
robes. Is there thus a moment when the stage is literally empty? How
frequent are empty stages in the plays? My understanding of Elizabethan
performance is that there was a fairly rapid and seamless transition
between scenes/acts which would seem to have prevented a vacant stage at
any point in a production.
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