Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
TELL ME MORE
Lighting the Shakespearean Stage, 1567-1642 (Hardback)
  • Lighting the Shakespearean Stage, 1567-1642 (Hardback)
zoom

Lighting the Shakespearean Stage, 1567-1642 (Hardback)

(author)
£51.95
Hardback 274 Pages / Published: 31/12/1999
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
An examination of the lighting of early modern English drama from both historical and aesthetic perspectives. It traces the contrasting traditions of sunlit amphitheatres and candlelit hall playhouses, describes the different lighting techniques, and estimates the effect of these techniques, both indoors and outdoors. Robert B. Graves demonstrates that the conventions of indoor and outdoor illumination are remarkably similar. In addition to providing new evidence, Graves makes use of experiments conducted at the ""new"" Globe in Southwark, London, and in various Tudor halls. Graves discusses the importance of stage lighting in determining the dramatic effect, even in cases where the manipulation of light was not under the direct control of the theatre artists. He devotes a chapter to the early modern lighting equipment available to English Renaissance actors and surveys theatrical lighting before the construction of permanent playhouses in London. Elizabethan stage lighting, he argues, drew on both classical and mediaeval precedents. The book analyzes the effect of the weather on theatre lighting in open air theatres, examines the natural lighting of indoor private playhouses, and considers the placement and manipulation of lighting instruments in professional indoor hall playhouses. He concludes by focusing on the overall visual effect in a scene from Webster's ""Duchess of Malfi"".

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809322756
Number of pages: 274
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This is scholarship of an impressively high order. Graves seems to have exhausted all available original historical data and fruitful modern speculation on this subject; and his arguments from these sources are very persuasive. Equally persuasive are his original and in-genious measurements of theatrical venues by date/time/light-angle/distance which, strangely, no one else has thought to try."--Philip H. Highfill Jr., author (with Kalman A. Burnim) of "John Bell, Patron of British The-atrical Portraiture: A Catalog of the Theatrical Portraits in His Editions of "Bell's Shakespeare "and "Bell's British Theatre


This is scholarship of an impressively high order. Graves seems to have exhausted all available original historical data and fruitful modern speculation on this subject; and his arguments from these sources are very persuasive. Equally persuasive are his original and ingenious measurements of theatrical venues by date/time/light-angle/distance which, strangely, no one else has thought to try. Philip H. Highfill Jr., author (with Kalman A. Burnim) of "John Bell, Patron of British Theatrical Portraiture: A Catalog of the Theatrical Portraits in His Editions of "Bell s Shakespeare "and "Bell s British Theatre"

You may also be interested in...

Theatre and Audience
Added to basket
The Empty Space
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Different Every Night
Added to basket
Contemporary Monologues for Women
Added to basket
Handbook of Acting Techniques
Added to basket
Contemporary Monologues for Men
Added to basket
Shakespeare Monologues for Young Women
Added to basket
Respect for Acting
Added to basket
£18.99
Hardback
An Actor Prepares
Added to basket
True and False
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Olivier
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Freeing the Natural Voice
Added to basket
The Excellent Audition Guide
Added to basket
Actor and the Target
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.