apron or forestage



  • A part of the stage that projects in front of the prosceniumarch and curtain. It was a Restoration development from the Elizabethanplatform stage (see thrust stage). Christopher Wren'snew Drury Lane theater opened in 1674 with a semi-oval stage thatprojected 10 feet forward, allowing actors to be clearly heard throughoutthe large auditorium.

    Apron stages have been added to the Old Vic Theatre and atStratford-upon-Avon in order to produce Elizabethan and Restorationplays in a historically accurate fashion. They are also seen in othervenues, especially those used by academic and experimental companies.