You make the point very well and with a lot more erudition than I can.
The opening of Shakespeare’s Globe in 1997 marked the start of a revolution.
The revolution was against the then firmly entrenched idea that actors and stages should be lit, while audiences were required to sit pacified and unengaged in darkness.
These were not the conditions in which popular theatre in this country had begun and not the conditions for which Shakespeare had written most of his plays.
The revolution was intended to restore these original conditions of performance.
This is a different concept to what became known as original practices, where costume and all-male casting attempt to recreate some of the visual detail of Elizabethan performances.
The original conditions of performance are recreated by the basic physical architecture of the reconstructed Globe theatre, its lighting and acoustic. These conditions apply regardless of whether an individual production is original practices or modern dress.
The manifesto of this revolution has been proclaimed…
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