Episode 73

Continuing the story of the development of theatre through the early Spanish renaissance via the life and works of the playwrights. With apologies for the slightly raspy ‘post-covid’ throat at the time of recording. I hope it does not spoil your enjoyment of the episode.

Gil Vicente, the only Portuguese playwright of the period, but one who worked across the Spanish peninsular and produced influential works.

Lope de Rueda took theatre to the masses and produced the first truly commercial theatre of the period.

Alonso de la Vega, an acting pulp of Rueda who advanced the mixing of secular and religious themes.

The role of the ‘Auto Sacramental’ in the development of tragedy from religious plays and the continuing influence of religious drama.

How tragedy in Spain developed through copying of classical models and Italian versions of Roman tragedy.

How tragedy developed with the introduction of local legends and myths into Spanish thetare

Cristobal de Virues and the development of the three act tragedy.

Juan de la Cueva advancing political and social messages through his tragendies and his contribution to the expansion of language on the Spanish stage.

Miguel de Cervantes and his place as the last of the playwrights before the advent of the Comedy in the Spanish Golden Age. His ‘Don Quixote’ invented the modern novel and changed the literary world. His impact on theatre was not quite so significant.

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