The Bud Theater

The Bud Theater

The rectangular stage at the front of the theater is about 43 feet wide and 28 feet deep, and it ia raised a few feet off the ground so there ia a crawl space underneath. There are trap doors in the floor of the stage and in the Heavens in the roof above the stage for entrances, exits, or special effects.

Around the yard and stage are three tiers of galleries. Wealthier patrons could sit in these seats, while the “groundlings” stood in the yard for a penny each. A special tiring room behind the stage provided a place for storage or costume changes. A balcony above the tiring room, behind the stage, provided an acting space, a place for the orchestra, or for more seating.

There are two doors on the left and right of the tiring area. In the middle was a large opening with a curtain, which could be drawn or opened as needed. There are no curtain hiding the entire stage. The plays were written so that the players could enter and exit the stage seen by the audience.

A flag at the top of the theater announced plays every day a black flag meant a tragedy was being performed, white was a comedy, and red was history.