The Elizabethan Stage

Robin Williams • i Read Shakespeare • International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe

Coming soon: The Elizabethan Stage explains the important differences between Shakespeare's stage and our own. Knowing these details help you understand a number of the features that you'll run into while reading the plays.

In this course you'll learn:

  • A brief history of the English stage.
  • Why we have a “box office."
  • The number and popularity of theaters that existed in his time.
  • The fourth wall that doesn't exist and how that impacts the play.
  • Conventions of the stage: soliloquies and asides, scenery that appears in the language instead of on the stage,
  • Internal stage directions, visual displays of madness, and more.
  • What happened to theater (and Shakespeare's works) when the Puritans took over England.