A Reconstruction of the Fortune Playhouse: Part I



In this, the first part of a two-part essay, I examine some basic questions which have arisen in an attempt to reconstruct the first Fortune playhouse: depth of stage, height of tiring-house storeys, number and size of bays of the playhouse frame, location of yard entrances, and location of staircases. In Part ii, to appear in Volume vii of The Elizabethan Theatre, I deal with remaining aspects of the reconstruction, among them seating and sightlines, the stage superstructure, and the design of the tiring-house facade.


Ground Plan General Entrance Early Reconstruction Privy Council Exact Depth 
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    Good general accounts of the Fortune playhouse are provided by Joseph Quincy Adams, Shakespearean Playhouses (Boston, 1917)Google Scholar
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