Theatre History Timeline

Timeline created by chloe cox
  • -534 BCE

    Tragedy

    Greece
  • -458 BCE

    Agamemnon

    Aeschylus
  • -431 BCE

    Medea

    Euripides
  • -411 BCE

    Lysistrata

    Aristophanes
  • -330 BCE

    Aristotle's Poetics

  • -206 BCE

    Braggart Soldier

    Plautus
  • -195 BCE

    Roman-Spartan War

  • -189 BCE

    Galatian War

  • 398

    Council of Carthage

  • 568

    State production of theatre ends

  • 692

    Attempt to ban theatre

  • 935

    Dulcitius

    Hrotsvitha
  • 1088

    Rebellion of 1088

  • 1400

    Second Shepherds Play

    Wakefield Mystery Play Cycle
  • 1400

    English invasion of Scotland

  • 1480

    Spanish Inquisition enforces Christianity

  • 1497

    Cornish Rebellion of 1497

  • 1545

    Master of Revels

  • 1548

    First public theatre, Hotel de Bourgogne

  • 1551

    Commedia dell’arte

  • 1559

    Ban on religious/political plays

  • Women are licensed to appear on stage

  • Doctor Faustus

    Christopher Marlowe
  • Confrerie gives up monopoly

    Companies appear, including commedia dell’arte
  • Chamberlain’s Men renamed the King’s Men

  • Restricted acting companies

    Eight Spanish companies licensed by Royal Council
  • King Lear

    William Shakespeare
  • Duchess of Malfi

    John Webster
  • The Globe is destroyed in fire and the second Globe is built

  • Fuente Ovejuna

    Lope de Vega
  • Neo-classic ideal takes hold

  • Life is a Dream

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • English Civil War

  • Public theatres closed

  • Charles I deposed and beheaded

    Ban on theatre becomes permanent
  • Public theatres reopened

  • Puritan rule of England ends

  • Tartuffe

    Molière
  • First performance record in colonies

  • The Country Wife

    William Wycherley
  • Phaedra

    Jean Racine
  • The Rover

    Aphra Behn
  • End of Golden Age

  • Productive period ended

  • Theatre in North America booms

  • Autos sacramentales move to public theatres

  • Stono Rebellion

  • Religious drama banned

  • Period:
    -550 BCE
    to
    -220 BCE

    Greek Theatre

  • Period:
    -509 BCE
    to
    -27 BCE

    Roman Republic

  • Period:
    -499 BCE
    to
    -448 BCE

    Greco-Persian Wars

  • Period:
    -431 BCE
    to
    -404 BCE

    Peloponnesian War

  • Period:
    -336 BCE
    to
    -31 BCE

    Hellenistic Theatre

  • Period:
    -204 BCE
    to
    64

    Roman Drama

  • Period:
    -49 BCE
    to
    -45 BCE

    Caesar's Civil War

  • Period:
    -48 BCE
    to
    -47 BCE

    Pontic War

  • Period:
    -44 BCE
    to
    -30 BCE

    Roman Civil Wars

  • Period:
    -27 BCE
    to
    476

    Roman Empire

  • Period:
    476
    to
    900

    Byzantine Era

  • Period:
    500
    to
    1550

    ART: Medieval Period

  • Period:
    526
    to
    532

    Iberian War

  • Period:
    680
    to
    1355

    Byzantine–Bulgarian Wars

  • Period:
    900
    to
    1050

    Early Middle Ages

    Liturgical Drama
  • Period:
    1015
    to
    1016

    Cnut the Great's conquest of England

  • Period:
    1050
    to
    1300

    High Middle Ages

  • Period:
    1073
    to
    1075

    Saxon Rebellion

  • Period:
    1096
    to
    1099

    First Crusade

  • Period:
    1145
    to
    1149

    Second Crusade

  • Period:
    1147
    to
    1242

    Northern Crusades

  • Period:
    1173
    to
    1174

    Revolt of 1173–74

  • Period:
    1189
    to
    1192

    Third Crusade

  • Period:
    1202
    to
    1204

    Fourth Crusade

  • Period:
    1202
    to
    1214

    Anglo-French War of 1202–1214

  • Period:
    1213
    to
    1221

    Fifth Crusade

  • Period:
    1228
    to
    1229

    Sixth Crusade

  • Period:
    1248
    to
    1254

    Seventh Crusade

  • Period:
    1294
    to
    1303

    Anglo-French War of 1294–1303

  • Period:
    1300
    to
    1500

    Late Middle Ages

  • Period:
    1332
    to
    1357

    Second War of Scottish Independence

  • Period:
    1337
    to
    1453

    Hundred Years' War

  • Period:
    1400
    to

    ART: Renaissance Period

  • Period:
    1484
    to

    Tudor Era

  • Period:
    1494
    to
    1559

    Italian Wars

  • Period:
    1558
    to

    Elizabethan Era

  • Period:
    1562
    to

    French Wars of Religion

  • Period:
    1568
    to

    Eighty Years' War

  • Period:
    1569
    to
    1573

    First Desmond Rebellion

  • Period:
    1569
    to
    1570

    Rising of the North

  • Period: to

    Spanish Golden Age theatre

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    Spanish Golden Age

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    Nine Years' War (Ireland)

  • Period: to

    ART: Baroque Period

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    Jacobean Era

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    Thirty Years' War

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    Caroline Era

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    Anglo-Spanish War

  • Period: to

    Belief in absolute monarchy leads Charles to rule without Parliament

  • Period: to

    Puritan Rule

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    England ruled by Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell

  • Period: to

    Anglo-Spanish War

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    Restoration Era

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    War of Devolution

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    Franco-Dutch War

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    Nine Years' War

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    Great Northern War

  • Period: to

    War of the Spanish Succession

  • Period: to

    ART: Rococo Period

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    Seven Years' War

  • Period: to

    ART: Neoclassical Period

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    American Revolutionary War

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    French Revolutionary Wars