The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0362 Wednesday, 1 September 2010
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
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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