revolving stage



  • A stage with a large circular area that can be rotated abouta central axis, either as part of the dramatic action or to revealnew sets. The idea originated in Japan's kabuki theater,the first efficient revolving stage being built in 1758 at the Kado-zadoll theater in Osaka. The turntable stage did not appear in Europeuntil the end of the 19th century. Britain's first revolving stagewas introduced by Sir Oswald Stoll at a cost of £70,000 when heopened the London Coliseum in 1904. Its first year saw oneof the theater's worst accidents: during a Derby scene featuring sixlive horses ridden by professional jockeys at 15 mph, two horses collidedand one rolled over the footlights, killing its jockey. Stoll merelyroped off the footlights and ran the Derby again for the next performance.The Royal National Theatre has revolving stages in both its Lytteltonand Olivier theaters.