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 [...]

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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 […]

1207, 2021

Medieval Stage Effects

2021-07-05T10:19:17+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 53

Stage sets, costuming and special effects became quite sophisticated in the cycle plays during the sixteenth century. This episode looks at the examples of stage sets that we have from Valenciennes. You can see […]

507, 2021

Medieval Performance and Rehearsal

2021-07-05T06:30:00+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 52

This episode looks at how the Corpus Christi plays were organised and staffed with actors, tradesmen and other organisers and supporters.

How rehearsals were organised and what was expected of actors, including details of the […]