Quite a few years ago, we realized that our repertoire wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have a set design for the plays of William Shakespeare. The challenge, of course, was “Which title should we design for–Rome & Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, etc.?” We solved that problem by commissioning a design for a set similar to The Globe. One basic set structure could be adapted to many of Shakespeare’s plays, since that is how they were staged originally.
Not only has this set design worked for many of The Bard’s plays, but a number of theater companies have used it in their productions of CYRANO DE BERGERAC.
As you can see, the design includes left and right entrances at different levels, the inner stage, and that old standby, the balcony. However, our designer went further. He included plans for a staircase that rises to the balcony, tables, benches, lanterns, and torches. The most interesting technical aspect of this set is that the designer structured it in such a way that it can be taken apart and stored for future use.