Elizabethan Era 1558 - 1603

Tudors Times 1485 - 1603

Jacobean Era 1603 - 1625

The Cockpit Theatre Elizabethan Era



The playhouse is a sort of indoor theatre which houses around 500 people at a time. The importance of the playhouse in the art and culture is huge. It dated back to the Elizabethan period. The playhouses were established to boost up junior artists for performing dramas and plays.

The Cockpit Theatre was set up to enhance cock fighting in 1609. The rooster fighting was very popular during Elizabethan period and this theatre hall became the perfect place for cock fighting. It was exciting bloodshed game.

However, later the Cockpit was transformed into a fantastic playhouse. Christopher Beeston was a very well known person and he owned his personal playhouse theater which was named the Beeston's Boys. His contribution was excellent in the matter of the modification and development of this Cockpit Theatre.

However, in 1617 due to civil war in London, the irritated mob set the theatre hall on fire and finally it was burnt completely. Later, the new Cockpit Theatre was rebuilt and it was renamed the Phoenix Theatre.

The Cockpit became the excellent place for staging dramas. A number of eminent persons and dramatists were associated with this internationally recognized playhouse which was located at Drury Lane in London. Sir William Devenant played a major role in upgrading this playhouse.

A number of world class dramas and plays were staged in this Cockpit playhouse in different times. It became the major cultural center in London. In British history, the Cockpit Playhouse has possessed a prestigious niche.

The Cockpit was very brilliant in design. The seating arrangement was also very excellent. The visitors enjoyed every moment by watching dramas and operas. The Cockpit playhouse was crowded during wintry evenings when respectable and renowned dignitaries and senior citizens gathered at the playhouse for watching the dramas which were staged in this playhouse.

The lighting accessories were very excellent. Large size candles were illuminated. The rows of seats were perfectly arranged in the theatre hall of the Cockpit.

There was adequate space for free movement. This Cockpit indoor playhouse had the fantastic seating arrangement for 500 visitors. However it is also true that the number of general persons to attend the cultural shows and programs at this Cockpit playhouse was low because the entry cost was high. A guy had to spend 26 pennies to see the dramas at the Cockpit.

When the candles were replaced, short interval period was declared. In between visitors had plenty time to get the food and soft drinks. The Cockpit during Elizabethan period was well known to upscale society. It was luxurious with beautiful stage setting.

   
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