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Beginnings[ edit ] Roman theatre excavated at Verulamium Theatre was introduced from Europe to what is now the United Kingdom by the Romans and auditoriums were constructed across the country for this purpose an example has been excavated at Verulamium. These were folk tales re-telling old stories, and the actors travelled from town to town performing these for their audiences in return for money and hospitality.
The medieval mystery plays and morality playswhich dealt with Christian themes, were performed at religious festivals. The most important work of literature surviving from the Middle Cornish period is An Ordinale Kernewek "The Cornish Ordinalia "a line religious drama composed around the year The longest single surviving work of Cornish literature is Bywnans Meriasek The Life of Meriaseka play datedbut probably copied from an earlier manuscript.
There are four complete or nearly complete extant English biblical collections of plays from the late medieval period ; although these collections are sometimes referred to as "cycles," it is now believed that this term may attribute to these collections more coherence than they in fact possess.
The most complete is the York cycle of forty-eight pageants. They were performed in the city of Yorkfrom the middle of the fourteenth century until The Ludus Coventriae also called the N Town plays " or Hegge cyclenow generally agreed to be a redacted compilation of at least three older, unrelated plays, and the Chester cycle of twenty-four pageants, now generally agreed to be an Elizabethan reconstruction of older medieval traditions.
These biblical plays differ widely in content. In given cycles, the plays came to be sponsored by the newly emerging Medieval craft guilds. In their own time, these plays were known as "interludes", a broader term given to dramas with or without a moral theme. The plays were most popular in Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Perhaps the most famous playwright in the world, William Shakespearewrote around 40 plays that are still performed in theatres across the world to this day.
The Elizabethan age is sometimes nicknamed "the age of Shakespeare" for the amount of influence he held over the era. The English playwrights were intrigued by Italian model: The linguist and lexicographer John Florio —whose father was Italian, was a royal language tutor at the Court of James Iand a possible friend and influence on William Shakespeare, had brought much of the Italian language and culture to England.
Highly popular and influential in its time, The Spanish Tragedy established a new genre in English literature theatre, the revenge play or revenge tragedy. Its plot contains several violent murders and includes as one of its characters a personification of Revenge.
The Spanish Tragedy was often referred to, or parodied, in works written by other Elizabethan playwrightsincluding William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Christopher Marlowe.
James Wedderburn is recorded as having written anti-Catholic tragedies and comedies in Scots around before being forced to flee into exile. Although the propaganda value of drama in the Scottish Reformation was important, the Kirk hardened its attitude to such public entertainments.
In James VI had to intervene to overturn a prohibition on attending performances by a visiting theatre troupe from England. Scottish drama did not succeed in becoming a popular artform in the face of religious opposition and the absence of King and court after As with drama in England, only a small proportion of plays written and performed were actually published, and the smaller production in Scotland meant that a much less significant record of Scottish drama remains to us.
The development of Renaissance theatre in England did not have great influence in Wales as the gentry found different forms of artistic patronage. One surviving example of Welsh literary drama is Troelus a Chresyd, an anonymous adaptation from poems by Henrysoun and Chaucer dating to around With no urban centres to compare to England to support regular stages, morality plays and interludes continued to circulate in inn-yard theatres and fairs, supplemented by visiting troupes performing English repertoire.
Restoration theatre During the Interregnum —, English theatres were kept closed by the Puritans for religious and ideological reasons. When the London theatres opened again with the Restoration of the monarchy inthey flourished under the personal interest and support of Charles II reigned — New genres of the Restoration were heroic dramapathetic dramaand Restoration comedy.
Restoration comedy is famous or notorious for its sexual explicitness, a quality encouraged by Charles II personally and by the rakish aristocratic ethos of his court. Although documented history of Irish theatre began at least as early asthe earliest Irish dramatists of note were:The MCCC Career Services office assists students and alumni in their efforts to find meaningful careers and appropriate college majors.
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