Box set (theatre)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

In theatre, a box set is a set with a proscenium arch stage and three walls. The proscenium opening is the fourth wall. Box sets create the illusion of an interior room on the stage, and are contrasted with earlier forms of set in which sliding flats with gaps between them create an illusion of perspective.

Box sets were introduced to the English theatre by Elizabeth Vestris. They later became a feature of realist theatre, and an example of the "fourth wall removed" principle that characterized the work of noted realists such as Henrik Ibsen, Emile Zola, George Bernard Shaw, or Anton Chekhov.

In play style of Realism the Box Set of the stage was a room with either plain black back drop or three walls, forth wall was invisible, separating the characters from the audience, the ceiling was tilted down at the far end of the stage and up toward the audience. Doors slammed instead of swinging when being shut just like in a real world.

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