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Thrust stage

A production of Godspell performed on a 3/4 thrust stage

In theatre, a thrust stage (also known as a platform stage or open stage)[1] is one that extends into the audience on three sides and is connected to the backstage area by its upstage end. A thrust has the benefit of greater intimacy between performers and the audience than a proscenium, while retaining the utility of a backstage area. Entrances onto a thrust are most readily made from backstage, although some theatres provide for performers to enter through the audience using vomitory entrances. An arena, exposed on all sides to the audience, is without a backstage and relies entirely on entrances in the auditorium or from under the stage.

As with an arena, the audience in a thrust stage theatre may view the stage from three or more sides. Because the audience can view the performance from a variety of perspectives, it is usual for the blocking, props and scenery to receive thorough consideration to ensure that no perspective is blocked from view. A high backed chair, for instance, when placed stage right, could create a blind spot in the stage left action.

Many of the works of Shakespeare were first performed on the thrust stage of the Globe Theatre.

The thrust stage concept was generally out of use for centuries, and was resurrected in 1953 by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada.[2] Their Festival Theatre was originally under a tent, until a permanent thrust stage theatre facility was constructed in 1957. Since that time dozens of other thrust stage venues have been built using the concept.


  • Thrust stage theatres 1
    • North America 1.1
      • Canada 1.1.1
      • United States 1.1.2
    • Europe 1.2
      • Germany 1.2.1
      • Greece 1.2.2
      • United Kingdom 1.2.3
    • Asia 1.3
      • India 1.3.1
    • Oceania 1.4
      • Australia 1.4.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Thrust stage theatres

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United States


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United Kingdom






  1. ^ open stage - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
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External links

  • "RSC Transformation: The thrust stage". 
  • "Stage Types - Thrust". Theatre Design. 
  • theatre diagramMystère Diagram of Cirque du Soleil's Mystère theatre
  • Thrust stage diagram
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