The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0506 Friday, 26 May 2006
From: Philip Eagle <
Date: Thursday, 25 May 2006 11:34:58 -0400
Subject: 17.0498 A Roof on the Globe?
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0498 A Roof on the Globe?
To clarify the nature of the Globe "roof":
It certainly isn't a solid roof of the type that many commenters seem to
be assuming. It's a set of semi-transparent gauzy black cloths
stretched across the centre of the theatre in a segmented circle, with
large gaps in between the segments - scenic decoration rather than
structure used only for Titus Andronicus, one of six productions this
year. I volunteered on a severely rain-affected performance of Titus
last night and can reassure Gabriel Egan that it does absolutely nothing
to keep the groundlings dry. Indeed, when the wind gusts on a rainy
evening, it delivers spectacular torrents of accumulated rain from the
Likewise, the Globe has never been *exclusively* a reconstruction of
early modern theatre in playing style, costumes or scenery. For every
"original practices" production (many of which have breached "original
practices" by having mixed-sex casts, and when they don't have had
mature men rather than adolescent boys play the female roles) there has
been one with a freely "timeless", modern-dress or fanciful style.
My actual judgement of the effectiveness of this Titus will have to wait
until I've seen it under better conditions, but many of the
condemnations on this thread have been well over the top and seemingly
based on misconceptions about the ethos of the Globe and its past
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