Nov 1, 2005
This article investigates the representation of the domestic interior on the pre-Restoration English stage. It argues for the very specific nature of theatrical representations of the interior, and for a strong and meaningful connection between the household on and off the stage. Contrasting early modern representations with medieval and post-Restoration ones, it defines this period as uniquely interested in personal domestic space whilst employing no scenery with which to produce a sense of its enclosed nature. Within these constraints and possibilities, it is argued that the household is employed differently on stage within the genres of city comedy and domestic tragedy.