• Jan 1, 1400

    Medieval Drama- Didactic

    It focused on teaching, spreading Chritianity and condemning vice. They began to be performed outdoors and in the vernacular. Types: Morality Play
    i.e. Everyman, The Castle of Perseverance
  • Jan 1, 1500

    Renaissance Drama- Revolution

    Drama was developed and language, form and content were all experimented with. Playwrights: Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare
    Types of drama: Jacobean, Caroline
  • The Interregnum

    Theatre ceased with the closing of all the theatres due to the largely Puritan government. Lasted until 1660 under Charles I.
  • The Restoration

    Sir William Davenant started a company and introduced scenary and theatrical machinary and the idea of staging. Types: Heroic Tragedy, Comedy of Manners, Musical Drama
  • Theatre Licensing Act

    Confirmed the monopoly of theatre in London.
  • The Nineteenth Century

    Gas lighting was introduced as well as the idea of naturalism. Because there were now more things to control, the need for a director became apparent. Playwrights: Chekhov, Ibsen
    Types: Melodrama, plays of social realism
    Plays: The Cherry Tree, The Doll's House
  • Theatre Regulatory Act

    Theatre monopoly was broken.
  • Twentieth Century

    Plays started to deal with contemporary issues. Arrival of the American musical. Playwrights: George Bernard Shaw, Stanley Houghton
    Plays: Hingdle Wakes
  • Showboat

  • War Years

    Plays during WWI were entertaining and not political and theatres in London closed completely during WWII.
  • American Drama

    American drama dominated in the 40s and 50s Playwrights: Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee
    Plays: Steetcar Named Desire, The Crucible, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Theatre Today

    Play loudly critized society. Royal Court played a large role in this. Playwrights:Samuel Beckett, John Osborne
    Plays: Waiting for Godot, Look Back in Anger
    Types: kitchen sink drama
  • Censorship Removed

    Censorship removed in Britain under the Theatres Act.
  • Liturgical Drama

    Liturgical Drama is a form of worship rather than entertainment, chanted in Latin during a church service, but it was still a form of theatre as it utilized costumes, props, dialogue and action.
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