The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0364 Thursday, 27 April 2006
Date: Wednesday, 26 Apr 2006 16:43:34 -0400
Subject: 17.0323 Rushes on the Elizabethan Stage
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0323 Rushes on the Elizabethan Stage
Now that we have the rushes all straightened out perhaps we can move on
to the "Green Room". Why is the room backstage where the actors hang out
called the "Green Room"?
I know that we are told that it was painted green. Why, however, was it
painted green? Did a Mr. Green sponsor the actors? Was the Lord
Chamberlain enchanted by the color green? Is there a room in France or
Italy used by the actors that is called the "Green Room" or is this just
an English tradition?
Elliott H. Stone
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