The drawing of the Swan playhouse originally sketched by Johannes De Witt, a Dutch visitor in 1596; note the open space, with some covered seating and partial stage protection, but open yard. (Courtesy of Wiki Commons)

The drawing of the Swan playhouse originally sketched by Johannes De Witt, a Dutch visitor in 1596; note the open space, with some covered seating and partial stage protection, but open yard.  (Courtesy of Wiki Commons)