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date: 27 January 2020

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This chapter examines the scene as a segment of dramatic action marked at the beginning and end by an empty stage, scene as big effect, and scene as fictional setting. It begins with a discussion of the scene to which Robert Greene alludes in Greenes, groats-vvorth of witte (1592). It then considers the folio text of Henry VI, Part Three to show how acts and scenes were marked in plays printed between 1590 and 1630. It also discusses two ways that scenes can be registered verbally in scripts: marking and remarking. Finally, it explores the connection between physical means and theatrical ends in early modern usage in the context of scene, along with senses of ‘scene’ that may be increasingly remote from theatres as physical structures but that nonetheless maintain an important relationship with theatrical performance as a way of framing and understanding human experience.

Keywords: scene, stage, Robert Greene, Henry VI, plays, marking, remarking, theatrical performance

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