A contribution to the reading of theatrical public spaces in 17th century Lisbon is presented. The Pátios de Comédias are studied, with particular emphasis on the Pátio das Arcas, the first permanent public theater in the city. The city's transformations are followed, bringing together architectural, social and economic perspectives to determine a constructive evolution of the theaters at the time. Focusing on different dualities, whether in the analysis of the opposition between public and private spheres, ephemeral and permanent, intentional and occasional, outdoor and covered structures, incorporation of social classes, among others. About Pátio das Arcas, it was interesting to know the founders and the trace they left in the theater environment of Lisbon. On this patio we established four distinct phases of construction, sharing proposals for architectural plans, different from those presented so far, in a contribution to the history of the city of Lisbon and the theater in Portugal.
Raquel Medina Cabeças
Department of History, Arts and Humanities