This informative guide offers a panoramic view of European and British theatrical productions between the years 900 and 1550. Topics include European theatres; dramatic forms and genres; costumes; acting, pageantrys; music; courtly entertainment; information on playwrights, directors, actors and antiquarians; and more.
This study investigates how sermons and vernacular religious drama worked as media for public learning; how they combined this didactic aim with literary exigencies; and how plays acquired and reflected authority. The interrelation between sermons and vernacular drama is addressed from historical connections, performative aspects, and the portrayal of penance.
This comprehensive anthology brings together a diverse collection of dramatic writing from the late fourteenth century to the onset of the Renaissance. Thia volume presents the key plays of the period in their entirety, alongside more unusual selections, covering religious narrative; religion and conscience; and politics and morality.
The nature, conditions and place of medieval theatre performance remain somewhat mysterious, with scholarship in the field tending to be devoted to its context, and to the texts themselves. The essays in this volume consider the nature of performance in theatre/dance/puppetry/automata; the performed qualities of such events; the conventions of performed work; what took place in the act of performing; and the relationships between performers and witnesses, and what conditioned these relationships.