The History of Western Drama. Beginning Acting Resource: Robert Cohen. Theatre, 8 th edition. Greek Drama. 534 BCE - 336 BCE. Greek Theater. Dithyrambs Thespis Ritual festivals feature competition of plays Tetralogy Singing and dancing chorus 1 – 3 actors
Resource: Robert Cohen. Theatre, 8th edition.
534 BCE - 336 BCE
Ritual festivals feature competition of plays
Singing and dancing chorus
1 – 3 actors
Use of masks to portray a variety of characters
240 BCE - AD 476
Adapted from Greek drama
Mainly comedies, performed for ruling classes during festivals and holidays
Lacked religious and cultural meaning.
Performed alongside circuses and gladiatorial competitions.
Chorus was removed from performance.
Roman Theater, Orange, France
AD 900 - 1500
Christian doctrine dominated literature, culture
Rise of feudal system, nobles and peasants, and rural communities
1210 AD, Pope removed drama from the Mass
Cycle Plays – The York Cycle
Morality plays – Everyman
York Mystery Play, 2010
1500 - 1660
England– Shakespearean Era
The Globe Theater, London, England
Spain– Spanish Golden Age
1660 - 1700
1700 – 1880
Realism – likeness to life
Naturalism– a slice of life
1880 – Current