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Two Gents at Stratford Festival
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0362  Wednesday, 1 September 2010

From:         Mark T. Mannette <
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Date:         August 27, 2010 3:50:45 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0349  Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Comment:      RE: SHK 21.0349  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

A reply to David: When he said, " A question here is whether the play was first 
performed at Blackfriars, with something like a lights-down at the end of the 
first half."

Today a modern director may end the first half with the bear in pursuit of 
Antigonus, though it is in the middle of 3.3, but during Shakespeare's time 
there would have been no lights out. The play was lit by candle lit chandeliers 
that cannot douse instantly. They also most likely took short musical interludes 
between each act.

I doubt they used a live bear at Blackfriars. At the Globe they might have 
because of proximity to the bear gardens.

 
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