Elizabethan theatre: structure, themes and Shakespeare

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Tesina in inglese sul teatro elisabettiano e "Romeo e Giulietta" di Shakespeare. Elizabethan theatre structure, elizabethan theatre Shakespeare, elizabethan theatre themes (5 pagine formato doc)


Historical Context.

The first Elizabethan playhouse was an open air theatre built in 1567 by James Burbage called “The Theatre”. After it’s success other playhouses were built : in 1577 “The Courtain”, in 1587 “The Rose”, and in 1595 “The Swan”.
In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Man rebuilt “The Globe” which became the most important centre of performances.
Elizabethan Theatre.  Performances took place during the afternoon and were acted only by man and boys.
The audiences were made by all sorts of people, reach and poor who had stand on the ground, theatres were designed as large wooden structures, circular or octagonal in shape, with three tiers of galleries surrounding a yard open to the sky.


Structure. The stage was roofed and was very high, and there were railings between the yard and the lower gallery. There was no scenery and the audience had to image the scene by listening to the language of the actors. There was no courtain and no intervals, so they were very quick. The platform stage was pushed out into the audience who stood around in three sides. This create assends of close intimacy between actors and audiences.
Context. Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous plays written by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

Storia del teatro elisabettiano: riassunto


When it first appeared on the stage probably in 1595 it was a very popular tale in Elizabethan times, and many versions were available. The sources of the play are Arthur Brooke’s poem “The Tragical Historye of Romeus and Juliet” (1562) which was a translation from the French Matteo Bandello’s novella “Romeo e Giulietta” (1554). Shakespeare’s use of existing material is not a lack of originality.
His play distinguished itself of it predecessor in several important aspects:
1-    the subtlety and originality of it characterization
2-    the intence pace of it’s action (for days)
3-    a powerful enrichment of the story’s thematic asp0ects
4-    an extraordinary use of language.

Teatro inglese del 900: riassunto


William Shakespeare. Plot Romeo and Juliet is the story of the love between the two young members of the two rival families of the Montagues and the Capulets of Verona. During a Capulet’s ball Romeo, the Montague’s falls in love with Lord Capulet young daughter: Juliet. They kiss, not even knowing each other’s names. When they both discover who the other one is, they grow upset.
However they decided to exchange wows of love. The day after the ball they meet at Friar Lawrence’s cell and get married. After their separate, only his way home, Romeo meet Tybald who is arguing with Benvolio and Mercutio. Romeo, now related to Tybald by his marriage with Juliet tried to prevent the fight but failed. Tybald kills Mercutio and provoked by his friend’s death Romeo struck Tybald a fatal blow.
In the middle time Juliet’s father tells her that she has to marry Paris. She hurries to Friar Lawrence’s and asks him advice. He concots a plan to reunite Juliet with Romeo in Mantua. Juliet must drink a potion that will make her appear to be dead.