Stages and Staging Practices in Early Commedia dell’Arte

Authored by: Franklin J. Hildy , Matthew R. Wilson

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415745062
eBook ISBN: 9781315750842
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613374

10.4324/9781315750842.ch24

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Abstract

Although Commedia dell’Arte has been described as “street theatre,” historical evidence indicates that Commedia companies utilized indoor stages and that the most prestigious players shunned marketplace theatre. As Antonio Fava has mused, “No actor ‘dreamed’ of playing in the street” (Fava 2007: 47–8), but versatile comici adapted their performance practices for the diverse venues they encountered on tour.

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