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Encyclopedia > Theatre in the round

Theatre-in-the-round or arena theatre is any theatre space in which the audience surrounds the stage area. In 1947, Margo Jones established America's first professional theatre-in-the-round company when she opened her Theatre ’47 in Dallas. Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Margo Jones (1911-1955), born Margaret Virginia Jones in Livingstone, Texas was an American stage director. ...

As outlined by Margo Jones, her theatre-in-the-round concept requires no stage curtain, little scenery and allows the audience to sit on three sides of the stage. That stage design was used by directors in later years for such well-known shows as the original stage production of Man of La Mancha and all plays staged at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre (demolished in the late 1960s), including Arthur Miller's autobiographical After the Fall. Such theaters had previously existed in colleges but not in professional spaces. Man of La Mancha is a 1965 Broadway musical in one act which tells the story of the classic novel Don Quixote as a play within a play, performed by Miguel de Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. ... Arthur Bob Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright and essayist. ...

The stage itself in this arrangement is typically round, square, or triangular, with actors entering and exiting through the audience from different directions or from below the stage. Such a space is usually configured with the stage on an even level with or lowered below the audience in a "pit" or "arena" formation. This configuration lends itself to high-energy productions, and is especially favored by producers of classical theatre. Theatre-in-the-round was common in ancient theatre, particularly that of Greece and Rome but was not widely explored again until the latter half of the 20th Century; it has continued as a creative alternative to the more common Proscenium format. For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... The interior of the Auditorium Building in Chicago built in 1887. ...

Theatre-in-the-round presents problems since actors at all times have their back facing some members of the audience. However, it also allows for interesting and realistic staging. The configuration is also commonly employed when theatrical performances are presented in non-traditional spaces such as restaurants, public areas such as fairs or festivals, or street theatre. Special consideration needs to be taken in regard to the set design, so as not to obscure any audience member's view of the performance. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Set construction is a process by which a set designer works in collaboration with the director of the production to create the set for a theatrical production. ...

The innovations of Margo Jones were an obvious influence on Albert McCleery when he created his Cameo Theater for television in 1950. Continuing until 1955, McCleery offered dramas seen against pure black backgrounds instead of walls of a set. This enabled cameras in the darkness to pick up shots from any position.

When an arena staging was conceived for the progressive-rock group Yes by their tour manager Jim Halley in the mid-1970s, it prompted a redesign of rock concerts and venue seating arrangements. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia is home to the largest Arena Stage Archive and contains material from the theater's 50 year history. Included in the collection are photographs, production notebooks, scrapbooks, playbills, oral histories and handwritten correspondence. According to their website, the total volume is 260 cubic feet or 440 linear feet and is housed in the Fenwick Library.


Theatres in the round

, Newcastle upon Tyne (usually shortened to Newcastle) is a large city in Tyne and Wear, England. ... The New Vic Theatre is situated in the Staffordshire market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and is renowned for its format of Theatre in the round. ... , For the larger local government district, see Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... The Octagon Theatre is a producing theatre located in Bolton, England. ... For the larger local government district, see Metropolitan Borough of Bolton. ... Royal Exchange The Royal Exchange Theatre is a producing theatre in Manchester, England. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... The Stephen Joseph Theatre is a theatre in the round in Scarborough that was founded by Stephen Joseph and was the first theatre in the round in Britain. ... This article is on the English seaside resort. ... 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In popular culture

  • The New Order song Chemical contains the lyric "your every scene is in the round"
  • In the Broadway musical The Producers, Broadway producer Max Bialystock claims to have invented a variant called "Theatre in the square", where "Nobody had a good seat!"

This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ... Lyric can have a number of meanings. ... The Producers may refer to one of the following: American actor and writer director Mel Brooks comedy about two con-men who attempt to cheat theatre investors out of their investment money. ...

See also

For other uses, see Arena (disambiguation). ... The Castle of Perseverance is a 1440 play and the earliest known full-length vernacular play in existence. ... A production of Godspell performed on a 3/4 thust stage In theater, a thrust stage (also known as a platform stage or open stage [1]) is one that extends into the audience on three sides and is connected to the backstage area by its up stage end. ...

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