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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2009, 2021

Medieval Conclusions

2021-09-20T06:30:00+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 62With the Reformation came the final end of the great Religious plays of the medieval period. The episode sumarises the great trends of medieval theatre and charts the final end as Europe descended into [...]

609, 2021

Just For Fun: Medieval Secular Theatre

2021-09-06T06:30:00+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 60Religious theatre dominated the Medieval period, but there are some examples of works written just for fun and entertainment.How celebrations like The Feast of Fools, The Boy Bishop and The Feast of Asses developed [...]

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3008, 2021

Everyman: Dutch Morality

2021-08-30T06:30:00+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 59

Everyman is the most well known of all the Morality plays and probably an English adaptation of a Dutch original.

Different types of Morality Plays

The Morality play in Europe and how they differed from the […]

2308, 2021

The Castle of Perseverance

2021-08-30T08:54:55+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 58

The Castle of Perseverance is a great example of how difficult it can be to discuss the form of a play separately from the content and in this case we have an illustration that […]

908, 2021

Hell Harrowed, the World Flooded

2021-08-09T06:30:00+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 56

The history of the Harrowing of Hell and the way it was portrayed in the cycle plays, including some thoughts on how it would have been staged and how the play comes alive when […]

208, 2021

While Shepherds Watched

2021-08-09T09:23:00+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 55

The Second Shepherds play is considered the best of the medieval cycle plays. In this episode I take a look at not only the second shepherds play, but the first play as well, which […]