Note to Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 3, line 20: "penthouse"


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     This is the only existing contemporary image of the interior of a theater of Shakespeare's time. It is a copy of a drawing made by Johannes de Witt, a Dutch student, in 1596.

     In this theater, the "penthouse" is the roof (with its supporting pillars) which covers the rear portion of the stage.

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Septimiu Sever Homme de théâtre.