The History of European Theatre Podcast

A chronological history of the development and practice of theatre, tracing the emergence from ancient Greece through to the present day.

The History of European Theatre looks at the places where theatre was made and the people who made it happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we’ll share the social, political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art.

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Latest Episodes

  • 20-May-2024

    Episode 119:For this episode I’m very pleased to welcome Katherine Sheil, Professor of English at the University of Minnesota.  Katherine is Author of several books about Shakespeare, but today we particularly talk about her book about Shakespeare’s wife called ‘Imagining [...]

  • 13-May-2024

    Episode 118:Shakespeare's youth, his school days, religious life and marriage.A couple of corrections to the last episode on John ShakespeareThe Shakespeare family's domestic set up.Religion and the life of a child in the late 1500'sExamples of how William's education [...]

  • 06-May-2024

    Bonus Episode 35:A conversation with Cassidy Cash, producer and host of 'That Shakespeare Life', the podcast that interviews expert historians to explore people, events, and objects that were living or happening in Shakespeare’s lifetime.Cassidy Cash is a Shakespeare historian, [...]

  • 29-April-2024

    Episode 117:‘To you your father should be as a God’.-              A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 1 Scene 1The first of a series of episodes covering the biography of William of Stratford.Richard Shakespeare – William’s grandfatherRichard Shakespeare – William’s uncleJohn [...]

Full Episode Listing

  • 22-April-2024

    Bonus Episode 34:Guest Dr Agata Luksza discusses her book 'Polish Theatre Revisited' where she examines theatre fan culture in Warsaw in the late 19th century.Dr Agata Luksza is an assistant professor at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw. [...]

  • 15-April-2024

    Episode 116:As an introduction to the season on Shakespeare this episode gives a timeline of events in Shakespeare's life. The focus is on the best estimates for the dates of all his plays and the reasons for those estimates, [...]

  • 08-April-2024

    Episode 115:A dive back into Ancient Greek theatre with a look at 'The Frogs' by Aristophanes.A recap on the life and plays of Aristophanes.A summary of the plot of the play.Analysis of the main points raised by the play. [...]

  • 01-April-2024

    Episode 114:As an introduction to season six of the podcast in the first part of this episode I lay out the aims for the next season and the approach I will be taking to the monoliths of early English [...]

  • 09-January-2024

    A bonus episode where Peter Schmitz of the 'Adventures In Theatre History - Philadelphia' podcast takes us through an overview of the development of theatre in Philadelphia.Peter Schmitz is an actor, dialect coach, and teacher of Theater History who lives [...]

  • 02-January-2024

    A short New Year message and about the timing for the start of season six of the podcast.

  • 26-December-2023

    Episode 113:As a coda to season 5 this episode is a potted history of the life of Augustine Phillips, player in the Lord Chamberlin's Men, with the details taken from documented records.Support the podcast

  • 11-December-2023

    Episode 112:To close season five of the podcast I pick up three items I dropped in the previous narrative and then offer some concluding thoughts:Thomas Watson – the life and works of the possible co-author of ‘Arden of Faversham.Henry [...]

  • 27-November-2023

    Episode 111:The true story behind 'Arden of Faversham'The plot outline of the playIs the domestic tragedy really tragedy?The main themes of the playThe domestic eating of the playThe low charactersThe role of destiny in the playQuestions of authorshipOther surviving [...]

  • 13-November-2023

    Episode 110:The problems of the lack of evidence about conventions and acting style.How a player learned his craft.The rhetorical or performance style of acting.Theatre as a poetic form.The rhetorical style is overtaken by a more naturalistic style.Stage sets and [...]