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Garrick Behind the Scenes



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David Garrick was also involved in the technical aspects of theater, including stage lighting. Typically, theaters in England at this time were lit by a chandelier directly above the stage, seen here in this image. This made the audience more visible. The audience was also allowed to sit on the stage and comment on the performance.

Garrick moved the lighting out of sight and made the audience sit off stage, in the dark.

 

How might these changes be helpful for the actors? Would the audience like these changes? Why or why not?

 

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Wits. Part 1. London, 1662




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