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

  • 19-June-2023

    As my own small contribution to the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the first folio of Shakespeare's plays in this second episode of a short mini-series I look at the inspiration and motivations for the [...]

  • 12-June-2023

    Episode 99:Marlowe’s ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ is a play in two parts, an early example of a writer responding to popular acclaim by giving his audience more of the same, but for all of that mercenary motivation, and the fact [...]

  • 05-June-2023

    As my own small contribution to the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the first folio of Shakespeare's plays in this first episode of a short mini-series I recount a recent journey to London to see [...]

  • 29-May-2023

    Episode 98:Marlowe as a playwright at the beginning of the greatest period of Elizabethan creativity.A short recap on Marlowe’s university life.Marlowe moves to London.The anonymity and earning power of Elizabethan playwrights.‘Dido, Queen of Carthage’.Thomas Nashe as co-author of ‘Dido, [...]

Full Episode Listing

  • 24-July-2023

    Episode 102:The sources of information on the playing troupes.The Earl of Leicester’s Men – the earliest recorded acting troupe.How troupes operated under the patronage of their master.The royal patent and how it changed the way troupes operated.The sumptuary laws [...]

  • 10-July-2023

    Episode 101:How Marlowe’s other plays differ from Tamburlaine and Dr Faustus.The plot of ‘The Jew of Malta’.The depiction of Barabbas the Jew and how it might have been received by the audience.‘Edward 2nd’ as a history play rather than [...]

  • 03-July-2023

    As my own small contribution to the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the first folio of Shakespeare's plays in this third and final episode of a short mini-series I look at the printing and selling [...]

  • 26-June-2023

    Episode 100:Dr Faustus is one of the most influential plays of the Elizabethan period.  Most commentators see this play as Marlowe’s masterpiece, and it is certainly the most performed of his plays through the centuries.The two printed version of the [...]

  • 19-June-2023

    As my own small contribution to the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the first folio of Shakespeare's plays in this second episode of a short mini-series I look at the inspiration and motivations for the [...]

  • 12-June-2023

    Episode 99:Marlowe’s ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ is a play in two parts, an early example of a writer responding to popular acclaim by giving his audience more of the same, but for all of that mercenary motivation, and the fact [...]

  • 05-June-2023

    As my own small contribution to the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the first folio of Shakespeare's plays in this first episode of a short mini-series I recount a recent journey to London to see [...]

  • 29-May-2023

    Episode 98:Marlowe as a playwright at the beginning of the greatest period of Elizabethan creativity.A short recap on Marlowe’s university life.Marlowe moves to London.The anonymity and earning power of Elizabethan playwrights.‘Dido, Queen of Carthage’.Thomas Nashe as co-author of ‘Dido, [...]

  • 22-May-2023

    Nick Bromley returns to discuss his book Stage Ghosts and Haunted Theatres. Stories of strange happenings in theatres abound and Nick has collected them together that takes you on a ghostly tour of London's West End and UK regional [...]

  • 15-May-2023

    Episode 97:Christopher Marlowe was one of the giants of Elizabethan theatre, but he died young in mysterious circumstances. In this episode I try to unpick the mystery of why he died. Was it just an argument about the cost [...]