Performance Spaces

The spaces in which the masques took place would inevitably have been smoky from the candlelight. Many candles were used to light the stage and room. It would also have been noisy from the chatter of so many courtiers and the stage machinery working away throughout.

Every masque had to be performed somewhere. Although some venues were more commonly used than others, and the Banqueting House was certainly the most used space, a masque could be performed anywhere. This map shows you some of the venues that were used in the reigns of James I and Charles I. Click on the blue points to find out more about each location.

(there are two locations in central London – zoom in to see them both)

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