Breaking the Fourth Wall

The Knight of the Burning Pestle is sometimes described as 'meta-theatrical' or breaking the fourth wall. We asked for examples of other plays or works of art that break the fourth wall/acknowledge the viewer; and what results of this technique had on the audience experience.

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  1. Here is a selection of the many comments we received. 
  2. Pauline McLynn as the Citizen's Wife in The Knight of the Burning Pestle, playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until 30 March. Details here: bit.ly/1hrmul8
  3. Paintings 
  4. Detail of the mirror in Jan Van Eyck's 1434 painting 'The Arnolfini Portrait' showing the artist's reflection.  
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