English - The opening scene
The opening scene
Whereas today we are ushered in quietly and take our seats, the theatres
during Shakespeare's time were very noisy and it was common for people to
be standing, with only the wealthy having seats.
The first scene of any play is important in establishing themes,
characters and so on. In Shakespeare's time the first scene also had
another role to play. The nature of theatre was very different then to what
it is today.
It was not possible for the lights to be dimmed as they are today to
indicate that the play is about to begin. For this reason Shakespeare, and
other dramatists of his time, needed to make an impact with their opening
scene in order to get their audience's attention.
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