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A podcast tracing the development of theatre from ancient Greece to the present day through the places and people who made theatre happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we'll learn about the social. political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
 
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Episode 85: We return to Italy, to the birthplace of the Renaissance, for one last visit in this theatrical age. The Bernini family and their history as sculptors and architects. The early life and career of the second-generation Bernini, Gian Lorenzo, and his place as a major sculptor and architect in Rome. His work as a scenic designer in the the…
 
Episode 84: Given the destruction of the thirty years war moving backwards and forwards across the Germanic and Flemish states of Europe between 1618 and 1648 it is a wonder that any art could flourish at all but in the Netherlands, there was something of an opposite effect. A word on the lack of examples from the Netherlands in this period and a r…
 
Episode 83: The Commedia Dell’arte tropes that operated in Italy and France were like many actors before them - travelling players operating if not exactly outside of society, then in their own niche within it. The framework that Commedia Dell’arte troupes operated in and how little had changed for the travelling player since Roman and Medieval tim…
 
Episode 82: The characters of Commedia Dell’arte may have been used in every play over and over again until they became completely familiar, but the plays themselves were more varied that you might imagine. The first preserved Commedia Dell’arte scenario from 1568. How the play was created and the characters and players. A first-hand account of the…
 
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 Support…
 
Episode 80: The influence of Italian literary theatre can be seen in later works, but if there is one form that infiltrated the general consciousness of theatrical comedy on the continent it is the Commedia Dell’arte. A definition of what we mean by Commedia Dell’arte as it emerged in the Italian renaissance, and the difficulties with this. Profess…
 
Episode 79: As things moved on in the early renaissance art - painting and sculpture - led the way and theatre soon followed. Artists tried to inject more realism into their work, showing their subjects as they really were, or as close as they could get. The colours of clothes, skin tones, fruit, countryside scenery and, well, whatever the artist’s…
 
Episode 78: Records about the second corral in Madrid tell us a lot about the theatre. In this episode we go through the details of what the different parts of the theatre on the Calle del Principe were like. A short reminder of the history of the Corral in Spain as featured in episode 74. The location building of the Corral del Principe as a rival…
 
Episode 77: The life of Pedro Calderon de la Barca who took Lope de Vega’s crown as the greatest living Spanish playwright after Lope’s death in 1635 His childhood, youthful brushes with the law, military service and early playwriting. His best regarded play ‘Life Is a Dream’ from 1632. A synopsis of the plot of ‘Life Is A Dream’ An analysis of the…
 
Episode 76: A discussion of a sample of the plays by Lope de Vega The Gardener's Dog: A Comedy The meaning of the title, a plot summary, the major themes. Punishment Without Vengeance: A Tragedy. A plot summary, it's debt to Seneca, the ironic triangle of anti-heroes, the question of incest, and the violence of the honour culture. The historical co…
 
A special bonus episode to celebrate the second anniversary of the podcast. We step out of the timeline of the renaissance theatre as I tell the story of the venue that was the home to my first theatrical experiences - The Castle Theatre, Farnham For much of the information in this episode I am indebted to Matthew Lloyd for the use of material. For…
 
Episode 75: The Life of Lope de Vega, greatest dramatist of the Spanish Renaissance Theatre. He had a very full life which was not just confined to writing plays, but his output was prolific on a scale that has not been matched before or since. This is his story. Then a short overview of what was special about his plays, his attitude to Aristotle a…
 
A special bonus episode to celebrate the Birthday of William Shakespeare which looks at the way he used and created the English Language. Support the podcast at: www.thehistoryofeuropeantheatre.com www.ko-fi.com/thoetp www.patreon.com/thoetp This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy…
 
Episode 74: The development of Spanish theatre buildings, including the original, the Corral de la Olivera in Valencia. Alberto Ganassa and the influence of his Comedia Dell Arte troupe. The first theatre in Madrid the Corral de Pachea The main points of the layout and characteristics of the Spanish playhouse. The way plays changed to suit the play…
 
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 …
 
Episode 72 The Situation in Spain prior to the Renaissance period with a summary of developments in the Roman and Medieval periods in Spain. The merging of religious and secular theatre at the end of the medieval period. The ‘autos’ and how it developed out of liturgical drama and the only surviving example ‘The Play of the Three Kings’. From the 1…
 
Episode 71 The continuation of the story of Renaissance theatre in France. The rise of the two theatres in Paris as travelling players were at last allowed to perform in the city. Antoine de Montchrestien and his version of Greek tragedy. The three farceurs Henri Legrand, Robert Guerin, and Hugues Gueru who made the Theatre du Bourgogne the venue i…
 
Episode 70 Catherine De Medici, her arrival in Paris for marriage to Henry, second son of Francis 1st. Her cultural influence and role as wife of the King, and mother to three successive French rulers. The Hotel De Bourgogne, the only playhouse in Paris Mellin de Saint-Gelais the royal librarian who penned adaptations of Italian tragedy Etienne Jod…
 
Episode 69 The Renaissance met the Reformation in the Germanic States of Northern Europe so we start with a word on Martin Luther and his love of music and qualified approval of theatre. Latin drama of Jacob Wimpheling and Thomas Naogeorgus. The history of Hanswurst and Brandt's 'Ship of Fools' 'Students' by Christoph Stumble gets it's second menti…
 
Episode 68 A detailed look at 'La Pellegrina', a play written for the wedding celebrations of Grand Duke Fernando of Sienna in 1589. The background to the writing of the play commissioned by Cardinal Fernando Di Midici A description of the plot of the play Some commentary on the play, its relationship to Ancient Greek and Roman drama, the changes i…
 
Episode 67 In this third part of the story of theatre in the Italian Renaissance the counter reformation overshadows the work of playwrights. We conclude the story of Giovan Maria Cecchi with a look at his later sacred drama that still managed to amuse and entertain. The plays of Leone de'Sommi are mostly lost thanks to a library fire, but his surv…
 
Episode 66 Continuing from the last episode with more comedic dramatists from the Italian renaissance we meet Angelo Beolco who, under the tutorage of Ariosto, created, and became synonymous with, the character of Ruzzante. Then on to Alessandro Piccolomini and Giovan Maria Cecchi, who both left indelible traces on the development of comedy in the …
 
Episode 65 The development of tragedy and comedy in early Italian renaissance theatre happened on parallel paths as each struggeled to look forward rather than back. The development of Tragedy following the rediscovery of the plays of Sophocles. The continuing influence of Aristotle and Seneca. Playwrights Giovani Trissino and Giovanni Giraldi (aka…
 
Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great SiegeSubtitle: Malta 1565Author: Ernle BradfordNarrator: Simon VanceFormat: UnabridgedLength: 7 hrs and 14 minsLanguage: EnglishRelease date: 11-01-12Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 429 votesGenres: History, EuropeanPubli…
 
Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Wars of the RosesSubtitle: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the TudorsAuthor: Dan JonesNarrator: John CurlessFormat: UnabridgedLength: 15 hrs and 7 minsLanguage: EnglishRelease date: 10-14-14Publisher: Recorded BooksRatings: 4.5 of 5 out of …
 
Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: History of the Russian State, Vol. 7 [Russian Edition]Author: Nikolay KaramzinNarrator: Elena ChubarovaFormat: UnabridgedLength: 5 hrs and 58 minsLanguage: EnglishRelease date: 11-26-14Publisher: IDDKRatings: 3 of 5 out of 1 votesGenres: History, EuropeanPu…
 
Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: BlenheimSubtitle: Battle for EuropeAuthor: Charles SpencerNarrator: Charles SpenserFormat: AbridgedLength: 6 hrs and 3 minsLanguage: EnglishRelease date: 08-09-06Publisher: Orion Publishing Group LimitedRatings: 4 of 5 out of 5 votesGenres: History, Europea…
 
Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The British EmpireSubtitle: The History and Legacy of the Rise and Fall of the Modern World's Most Famous EmpireAuthor: Charles River EditorsNarrator: Scott ClemFormat: UnabridgedLength: 1 hr and 31 minsLanguage: EnglishRelease date: 06-26-17Publisher: Char…
 
Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Ancient GreeceAuthor: IntroBooksNarrator: Andrea GiordaniFormat: UnabridgedLength: 42 minsLanguage: EnglishRelease date: 08-03-17Publisher: IntroBooksRatings: 3 of 5 out of 1 votesGenres: History, EuropeanPublisher's Summary:IntroBooks delivers up to the mi…
 
Ascolta questo libro audio completo gratuitamente su http://hotaudiobook.com/free Titolo: L'apice (Storia dei Medici 2)Autore: Francesco De VitoNarratore: Fabio FarnèFormato: UnabridgedDurata: 1 hr and 43 minsLingua: ItalianoData di pubblicazione: 07-11-16Editore: Area 51 ShortValutazioni: 4 su 5 su 2 votiCategoria: History, EuropeanRiepilogo Edito…
 
Episode 64 In the first part of season four we bridge the gap between the Medieval and Renaissance periods with a mention of the key artistic movements and historical events that can be used to mark the beginning of the period. How theatre looked back to the rediscovered plays of Ancient Greece and Rome and the writings of Vitruvius on Theatre Arch…
 
Season 4 Trailer: European Renaissance Theatre www.thehistoryofeuropeantheatre.com Twitter: @thoetp Patreon: www.patreon.com/thoetp This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacyPhilip Rowe
 
Episode 63 In a coda to season 3 somewhere in England an acting troupe travels through a cold December at the tale end of the Medieval period, in search of an audience. A fictional account using the facts and assumptions discussed in the Medieval Theatre season of the podcast. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chart…
 
In this bonus episode we get an introduction the the diary of Philip Henslowe, theatre owner and businessman during the end of the Tudor period and beginning of the Stuart period. Elements from the diary will feature on upcoming episodes for podcast supporters on Patreon. To support the podcast go to: www.patreon.com/thoetp www.thehistoryofeuropean…
 
A bonus episode featuring Salome by Oscar Wilde. In summer 2021 I was fortunate to see the Lazarus Theatre production at the Southwark Playhouse in London. In this episode I give a brief version of the Oscar Wilde story, look at Salome in more detail and think about what the Lazarus Theatre revival brings to this lesser known play. To see more abou…
 
Episode 62 With 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 religious disagreement. A reminder of the journey from the religious trope, thorough the folk festivals, the cycle plays, the saints play…
 
Episode 61 Once the medieval theatre had moved out of the confines of the church and away from religious obligation a form of commercial theatre began, but how was money spent and income generated and was it profitable? The rise of commercial theatre through the Interlude and the Travelling Players Play expenses and income The rising costs of the C…
 
Episode 60 Religious theatre dominated the Medieval period, but there are some examples of works written just for fun and entertainment. How celebrations like The Feast of Fools, The Boy Bishop and The Feast of Asses developed into secular theatre. The rise and influence of the travelling players and the church reaction to some of their work. The F…
 
Episode 59 Everyman is the most well known of all the Morality plays and probably an English adaptation of a Dutch original. Different types of Morality Plays The Morality play in Europe and how they differed from the English offering A synopsys and analysis of Everyman The Dance Macabre and the role of Death To support the podcast: www.thehistorof…
 
Episode 58 The 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 shows how the play might have been presented A summary of the plot of the play Details from the manuscript about dating the play The illustration contained in the…
 
Episode 57 The Morality play is a type of play that for all its similarities and shared heritage with the Corpus Christi cycle plays brought something new to the world of drama and had a profound effect on the future development of theatre. How the Morality Plays are different from Cycle Plays The Development of the ideas around the seven vices and…
 
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 the demons and devils take to the stage. The play of Noah and the Great Flood must have provided the medieval set designers with some real challenges. Some though…
 
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 is often overlooked. Why are there two shepherd's plays in this cycle? The plot and characters in the first play The plot and charaters in the second play The…
 
Episode 54 In this episode we look at the way the cycle plays developed in the four major centres from where we have complete versions of the cycle: York, Chester, Coventry and Wakefield. The development of the York Plays Further details on the guilds and how they functioned in society The development of the Chester plays The development of the Cov…
 
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 the drawing that is described in the podcast here: www.thehistoryofeuropeantheatre.com/gallery A look at evidence for costuming …
 
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 contrast they were expected to sign. The different playing spaces that were used for the plays, including three m…
 
A short bonus episode celebrating Hamlet in a production by Sean Mathias, staring Sir Ian McKellen, which marked my return to live theatre after more than a year. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacyPhilip Rowe
 
Episode 51 The instigation of the Corpus Christi feat day too theatre out of the church and into the town and village. This episode looks at the development of the celebration of the new feast day and how the new trades guilds and other organisations took over the production of biblical plays from the church. An understanding of the theology behind…
 
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 elements. The Boy Bishop, The Day of Fools and the Festival of the Ass. And in the late twelfth century the Trope starts to get too big for…
 
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