The Elizabethan Stage  

The Elizabethan stage would have seemed very strange to American theatergoers of fifty or sixty years ago, who were accustomed to elaborate and realistic settings placed on a stage separated from the audience by a huge velvet curtain. This is called a proscenium stage, and though it's still more or less standard today, the newer arena stages, thrust stages, and open stages have made us much more at home with Shakespeare's theater. The use of these simpler stages, which make the audience feel they're a part of the action, recalls the saying that all you need for a theater is " a platform and a passion or two.

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