Teatro Farnese - the world's first proscenium arch.
Join Tony and Helen to see the world's first proscenium arch at the Teatro Farnese, Parma, where Margareta de Medici married the Duke of Parma:
"This is the Teatro Farnese, rebuilt after the Americans destroyed it with a bomb in the Second World War. Helen and I are the only ones here at the moment, and this is reputedly the world's first proscenium arch. Of course, it's a reproduction, but it was here that they've first supposed to have used the proscenium arch to let the audience see the action, as it were through a window, rather than in the round as in Shakespeare's theatre. The original was built in 1618. People used to sit all around the stage then."
Get more details about Teatro Farnese in our post: Teatro Farnese – Parma’s Impressive Farnese Theatre
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