Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Staging Types

The O2 Arena is set in South East London. It has the space of nearly 23,000 but this is depending on the event. It’s one of the largest indoor arenas in Europe alongside the Manchester Evening News Arena. The O2 Arena since its opening in 2007 has been host of many concerts, from UK bands and artists to international superstars. The sports that the O2 Arena had held are:

v  Darts
v  Boxing
v  Basketball                       
v  Gymnastics
v  Hockey
v  Tennis
v  UFC
v  Professional Wrestling
v  The Olympics


The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in the London district of Covent Garden. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera houses original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The Royal Opera House seats 2,268 people and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade 1 listed building.

The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642.
A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named "Shakespeare's Globe", opened in 1997. It is approximately 230 meters (750 ft) from the site of the original theatre. The Capacity of the Globe Theatre is 3,000–seated and standing.

The Brewery is a music venue located on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Brewery was opened in 1983 by Kenny Hobby. The Brewery has long been a stop for up-and-coming touring acts, as well as established acts with a somewhat diminished fan base. It hold up to at least 300 people.

The Swan was a theatre in Southward, London, England, built in 1595 on top of a previously standing structure, during the first half of William Shakespeare's career.  It was the fourth in the series of large public playhouses of London, after James Burbage's The Theatre (1576) and Curtain (1577), and Philip Henslowe's Rose (1587–88).

Wembley Stadium is a football stadium located in Wembley Park, in the London Borough of Brent, England, which opened in 2007 on the site of the previous 1923 structure. The 90,000 capacity venue is the second largest stadium in Europe, and serves as England's national stadium. It is the home venue of the England national football team. Besides football, Wembley can be configured to hold many other events, particularly major concerts. People such as Lady Gaga and George Michael gave performed on this stage.

Set Design and Types of Staging

A Proscenium theatre is a theatre space whose primary feature is a large frame or arch. The audience all watch from the front. The use of the term "proscenium arch" is explained by the fact that in Latin, the stage is known as the "proscenium", meaning "in front of the scenery."Its traditional staging which often has decorative architecture. It’s normally used mainly for drama, plays, musicals, concerts etc.


In theatre, a thrust stage is one that extends into the audience on three sides and is connected to the backstage area by its upstage end. This type of staging is more modern. The performers are amongst the audience so it feels more ‘friendly’. It’s usually used for drama, but also display & exhibition e.g. fashion shows.

In-the-round is more of a contemporary staging were the audience completely surrounds the stage so they feel included in the performance. The stage itself in this arrangement is typically round, diamond, or triangular, with actors entering and exiting through the audience from different directions or from below the stage. It’s very flexible uses e.g. Rock/classical music concerts, exhibition, presentation & conferences, TV shows.


This is an image that I uploaded. It's an image based on one of the stages called "Thrust". It’s a plan that also has measurements and the height and width.

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