The 19th Century
During the 19th Century, the foundations for theatre that were laid in the past were built
Many new styles were experimented with, theatres were built to accommodate the tastes of a
specific audience group, and styles such as Vaudeville became popular.
In this photograph a modern version of a period play is being performed.
Realism in scenery and costumes was not popular until well into the 19th century.
The effect of making the audience seem separated from the stage was experimented with a lot in this century. Some
techniques used were lighting, using gas and eventually electricity. Another technique was a
gap of darkness between the stage and audience using a double proscenium arch. This
technique is still used in many theatres today.
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