proscenium doors

Definition

Theater

  • One or more pairs of doors on each side of the stage in theEnglish Restoration playhouse. Also called doors of entrance,they provided a means of entrance to and exit from the acting area.By theatrical convention, if an actor left by one door and returnedthrough the one next to it, he was presumed to be in another room.In the early 18th century the doors were reduced to one on each sideand by the 19th century they were used only by actors taking bows(being known then as call doors).
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