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proscenium

1. the arch or opening separating the stage from the auditorium together with the area immediately in front of the arch
2. (in ancient theatres) the stage itself

Proscenium

The portion of a theater stage between the drop curtain and the orchestra.

Proscenium

 

the forward part of the stage, the part in front of the proscenium arch and closest to the audience.

In Roman theaters the proscenium was a platform located in front of the stage and used as the acting space (pulpitum). The modern proscenium evolved in 16th-century Italy; for example, the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza had a proscenium 25.72 m wide and 6 m deep. The proscenium in 16th-century England was separated from the stage by a movable curtain or by columns. A spacious proscenium thrusting deeply into the auditorium was a basic feature of British theaters in the 17th and 18th centuries.

There are permanent prosceniums in the Leningrad Young People’s Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (Stratford-on-Avon).

proscenium

1. In the ancient theater, the stage before the scene or back wall.
2. The frame or arch that separates the stage from the seating areas of an auditorium.
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