New Globe Theatre Interior
The New Globe Theatre Interior
Overall design and structure of the New Theatre - The open air arena, is called the ' pit ' or the ' yard ', has a raised stage at one end and is surrounded by three tiers of roofed galleries with balconies overlooking the back of the stage. The stage projects halfway into the ' pit '
Audience Capacity - Design and Structure - The New Globe Theatre interior can house up to 1600 people. 700 standing ' groundlings ' in the ' yard ' or the ' pit ' and 900 seated in the galleries
Structure - The Entrance to the theater - Design - Two External staircases in the structure to access the upper galleries of the new Globe theatre interior. Four main entrances for the ' Yard ' and the Lower Gallery
Structure - Access to the Balconies & Galleries - Design - Two sets of external stairs in the structure , either side if the theatre
The interior design of the Theatre - Interior Design based on the structure of the Old Globe Theatre (see picture of the new Globe stage below clearly showing the ' Herculean ' pillars, the ' Heavens ' & the stage wall called the ' Frons Scenae '
Theatre Lighting - Natural lighting only artificial lighting mirrors the effects of sunlight
Heating / Air Conditioning - There is no heating or air conditioning
Stage dimensions - Stage dimensions in the New Globe Theatre interior are 44 foot wide 25 foot deep
The height of the stage - A raised stage in the interior - 5 feet and supported by large pillars
The floor of the Stage - Made of wood and like the old Globe have trap doors enabling special effects
The rear of the Stage - A roofed house-like structure supported with the help of two large columns (pillars)
The ' Herculean ' columns or pillars - The ' Herculean ' oak pillars are painted to look like marble with golden leaves
The ' Heavens ' - a roof area - The pillars supported a roof called the 'Heavens'. The Heavens are painted with the sun, moon and the zodiac
The ' Heavens ' - The ' Heavens ' serve to create an area hidden from the audience. A selection of ropes & rigging allow for special effects
The stage wall called the ' Frons Scenae ' taken from Latin - Behind the pillars is the stage wall called the ' Frons Scenae '. A doorway to the left and right in the structure and a curtained central doorway from which the actors make their entrances. Above the door area is a highly decorative screen
Statues, or relief's above the stage - Represent Comedy and Tragedy
The ' Tiring House ' - The stage wall contains two side doors and a central door which leads to a small structure, back stage, called the ' Tiring House '. The actors use this area to change their attire
The ' yard ' - Dimensions - Dimensions - The stage projects halfway into the ' yard ' which is 80 feet in diameter.
Seats in the galleries - Three levels - Design and Structure - The seats in each of the three levels of galleries are tiered with three rows of seats in the structure , increasing in size towards the back, following the shape of the building. The galleries are covered affording shelter from the elements.
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New Globe Theatre Interior