The Medieval Theatre Dark Ages 800 A.D. – 1400 A.D. The Dark Ages. After the fall of the Roman Empire, during the Dark Ages also known as the Middle Ages or Medieval times, theatre diminished from its splendor of the Roman era.
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Performers consisted of storytellers, jesters, jugglers and many other performers.
Later , the Roman Catholic Church helped to revive theatre in the Middle Ages .
This theatrical type of church service was called “The Hours.”
These were dramatized short Bible stories that originally were done around Easter time.
The performers were priests and monks, and music was used in the performance.
They plays told of popular Bible stories, and most were performed in monasteries.
Only religious plays were performed , and only in churches until around 1200.
Lucifer portrayed in a Medieval performance.
Near the end of the 1300s, the Roman Catholic Church was less controlling of the production of plays, but it kept an eye on the contents of plays and their presentation.
This Medieval Theatre looks to be a prototype of the Globe Theatre that Shakespeare would have built in another 200 years.