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Rushes on the Elizabethan Stage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0287  Friday, 7 April 2006

From: 		Mary Coy <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 05 Apr 2006 14:30:45 -0400
Subject: 	Rushes on the Elizabethan Stage

Is there any evidence of rushes being used as a floor covering on the 
Elizabethan stage?

It seems very impractical.

Jean Howard on page 1194 in the Norton edition glosses "rushes" to 
indicate that they did use them but I cannot find any evidence.

Because of the Globe's difficulty with them on the stage in the 1998 
HENRY V I'm guessing that the only place they may have been in the 
theater was on the gallery and pit floors.

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