The Reconstruction of a Spanish Golden Age Playhouse: El Corral del Príncipe, 1583-1744

The Reconstruction of a Spanish Golden Age Playhouse: El Corral del Príncipe, 1583-1744

The Reconstruction of a Spanish Golden Age Playhouse: El Corral del Príncipe, 1583-1744

The Reconstruction of a Spanish Golden Age Playhouse: El Corral del Príncipe, 1583-1744

Synopsis

The forty-one illustrations and drawings in the book include reproductions of all the relevant eighteenth-century graphics and beautifully rendered floor plans and elevations of the reconstruction.

Excerpt

Activity began early that cloudy morning at El Corral del Príncipe. The Marquís del Carpio had sent a man before the 10 o'clock deadline to announce that his box would not be available to let for the afternoon production: he and his wife would be attending. The Conde de Molina would be there, too, for he always occupied his window on the day when a new play opened. Several people stopped by to reserve stools up front and benches in the stands. Francisco de Alegría, the manager, was busy at his desk in the office, haggling with Avendaño, the manager of the acting company, about reimbursement of travel expenses and the losses he was going to incur during the coming days while the company was busy with the production of La noche de San Juan at the Duque de Maqueda's palace -- dress rehearsal on Thursday, and the performance on Friday. Two days' takings lost. Now that they were organized, the actors were harder to deal with, and these private performances were becoming more and more frequent. The playhouses had been closed for weeks only the year before because of the death in the royal family, and Alegría was in deep financial trouble. The Príncipe was in a very bad state of repair, the more so since a company of soldiers had gotten up on the roofs during a performance some weeks earlier and broken a great many tiles. The awning needed fixing; many of the benches which had been destroyed by the angry audience the day the production did not take place as advertised were still rickety after being patched up; the drainage basin was blocked again and flooded the yard every time it rained.

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