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Theatre History. Medieval, Commedia dell’arte,Elizabethan. Medieval Theatre. Medieval period was from about __________ to __________. Christians used theatre to worship and __________ the gospel. Performances began as simple __________ by priests but gradually became more elaborate.

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theatre history

Theatre History

Medieval, Commedia dell’arte,Elizabethan

medieval theatre
Medieval Theatre
  • Medieval period was from about __________to __________.
  • Christians used theatre to worship and __________ the gospel.
  • Performances began as simple __________ by priests but gradually became more elaborate.
  • They were called __________ and __________ plays.
  • Miracle and Mystery plays are based on saints’ lives and Bible __________.
more on medieval
More on Medieval…
  • __________ plays are based on the last week in the life of Christ.
  • __________ plays are more concerned with the __________ taught by Christianity rather than Bible stories.
  • Despite the religious content, there was still __________ and horseplay (Tower of Babel!)
  • Audiences also loved the __________ elements.
  • Trap doors, __________ to fly in angels, and __________ which took 17 men to operate, were all huge hits.
renaissance theatre
Renaissance theatre
  • The __________(rebirth) began early in the 14th century.
  • Most famous contribution of the Renaissance was the ___________________________.
  • It had a basic __________, subplot and stock characters.
  • The rest was __________.
  • It incorporated dancing, __________, acrobatics, mime, and juggling. Actors had to be skilled AND intelligent and talented.
commedia dell arte
Commedia dell’arte
  • Plays were performed by __________ companies with portable stages.
  • Actors played __________ characters—they were always the same character and were identified by their masks and elaborate costumes.
  • Young __________ were usually the main plot. The heroine was the inamorata and her hero was the inamorato (beautiful clothes, no masks.
  • __________—fontesca. Giggly and a flirt. Often one bright, one clumsy. All the servants played a role.
  • __________—heroine’s father. Overbearing and sneaky.
  • __________—braggart soldier who was actually a coward.
elizabethan theatre
Elizabethan theatre
  • __________ was the center of the Renaissance theatre explosion.
  • Three playwrights stand out: Marlowe, Jonson, and __________.
  • Theatre companies were supported by __________ noblemen.
  • __________ were not permitted to act—it was considered unladylike and unsuitable for women.
  • Young __________ played women’s parts.
more elizabethan theatre
More Elizabethan theatre
  • __________ plays were bawdy. Later plays were more intellectual.
  • Civil War eventually broke out in 1642, and theatre was __________ by the Puritans.
  • Elizabethan playhouses were __________ with scenery and a partial roof.
  • Christopher __________—introduced blank verse. Rival of Shakespeare. Stabbed just before his 30th b-day in a tavern brawl.
  • Ben __________—1st real English comic. Lack of higher education. Bitter. Imprisoned several times.
  • William __________—greatest playwright ever. Wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets. All plays published after his death.