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

310, 2022

European Renaissance Conclusions

2022-09-28T15:35:22+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 86:A summary to conclude the season on European Renaissance Theatre focussing on four aspects of the theatre that I have covered in the last twenty-two episodes: The Italian RebirthThe Parisian TheatreTheatre in SpainThe Commedia [...]

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2507, 2022

Commedia Dell’arte: Characters and Masks

2022-08-31T16:07:23+01:006:30 am|Podcast Categories: |

Episode 81:

The development of common character types through the travelling troupes.

The hierarchy of character, the troupe, and how that reflected society in general.

The five main characters:

Pantalone

Il Dottore

Il Capitano

Pulchinello

Harlequin

Minor characters:

Brighella

Pedrolino

Columbine and other female characters 

The young lovers

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