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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3008, 2021

Everyman: Dutch Morality

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

Episode 59Everyman is the most well known of all the Morality plays and probably an English adaptation of a Dutch original.Different types of Morality PlaysThe 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 58The 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 [...]

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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 […]

2106, 2021

Synods Tropes Asses and Fools

2021-06-21T06:30:00+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 50

The Synod of Winchester issued direction on the performance of the Trope in 960 and the door was open for further developments on other feast days.

Then a look at other church festivals with dramatic […]