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Mostly Harmless
40728.  Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:42 pm Reply with quote

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djgordy
40729.  Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:53 pm Reply with quote

A green room is a resting place for actors during a performance when they are not on stage. The actual origin of the term is unknown and the assumption is that one was actually painted green, probably the one at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The term is first recorded in 1701 in Colly Cibber's 'Love Makes the Man': "I do know London pretty well, and the Side-box, Sir, and behind the Scenes; ay, and the Green-Room, and all the girls and Women-actresses there."

 
gruoch
41523.  Fri Dec 23, 2005 4:36 am Reply with quote

There is another theory.

Going on stage is also known as going ' on the green' - I don't know why - and the green room is where you are before and after; should be 'pre-green room', I suppose.

Oh, and green is unlucky. Though never having fresh flowers/plants on stage may be practical for all kinds of reasons.

 
gerontius grumpus
41841.  Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:11 pm Reply with quote

Green is a soothing, restful colour which helps before the shock of stepping into the limelight.

 
QI Individual
41861.  Tue Dec 27, 2005 6:15 am Reply with quote

Our eyes are most sensitive to the 'green' part of the light spectrum.

 
gerontius grumpus
42020.  Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:24 am Reply with quote

Is it true that execution rooms in the US are painted green?

 

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