108 episodes

A podcast tracing the development of theatre from ancient Greece to the present day through the places and people who made theatre happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we'll learn about the social. political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art.

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The History Of European Theatre Philip Rowe

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

A podcast tracing the development of theatre from ancient Greece to the present day through the places and people who made theatre happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we'll learn about the social. political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art.

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    From Medieval to the Renaissance

    From Medieval to the Renaissance

    Episode 64
    In the first part of season four we bridge the gap between the Medieval and Renaissance periods with a mention of the key artistic movements and historical events that can be used to mark the beginning of the period.
    How theatre looked back to the rediscovered plays of Ancient Greece and Rome and the writings of Vitruvius on Theatre Architecture.
    The earliest plays of the period, showing how the Renaissance got started in the late 1300s.
    A word on the development of Opera and Ballet.
    For the chance to see Lazarus Theatre production of Salome by Oscar Wilde on line until 5th December 2021 go to https://www.lazarustheatrecompany.co.uk/salomé
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    • 31 min
    The Italian Rebirth part 1

    The Italian Rebirth part 1

    Episode 65
    The development of tragedy and comedy in early Italian renaissance theatre happened on parallel paths as each struggeled to look forward rather than back.
    The development of Tragedy following the rediscovery of the plays of Sophocles.
    The continuing influence of Aristotle and Seneca.
    Playwrights Giovani Trissino and Giovanni Giraldi (aka Cinthio)
    The court at Ferrara and bloody tragedy
    Other notable tragedians from the period.
    The development of comedy as 'Comedy Erudite' and the continuing influence of Terence and Plautus
    The court at Ferrara and a new form of comedy
    Three great comic writers: Lodovico Ariosto, Niccolo Machiavelli and Pietro Aretino


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    • 36 min
    The Italian Rebirth part 2

    The Italian Rebirth part 2

    Episode 66
    Continuing from the last episode with more comedic dramatists from the Italian renaissance we meet Angelo Beolco who, under the tutorage of Ariosto, created, and became synonymous with, the character of Ruzzante.
    Then on to Alessandro Piccolomini and Giovan Maria Cecchi, who both left indelible traces on the development of comedy in the sixteenth century.
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    • 38 min
    The Italian Rebirth part 3

    The Italian Rebirth part 3

    Episode 67
    In this third part of the story of theatre in the Italian Renaissance the counter reformation overshadows the work of playwrights.
    We conclude the story of Giovan Maria Cecchi with a look at his later sacred drama that still managed to amuse and entertain.
    The plays of Leone de'Sommi are mostly lost thanks to a library fire, but his surviving plays are of interest as we see a Jewish playwright operating both in and for the culture of his community and in the context of broader renaissance theatre.
    The review concludes with the work of Giambattista della Porta, a Neapolitan playwright who was outspoken in his plays and paid and fell foul of the Italian Inquisition.
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    • 29 min
    La Pellegrina: Comedy for a Royal Renaissance Wedding

    La Pellegrina: Comedy for a Royal Renaissance Wedding

    Episode 68
    A detailed look at 'La Pellegrina', a play written for the wedding celebrations of Grand Duke Fernando of Sienna in 1589.
    The background to the writing of the play commissioned by Cardinal Fernando Di Midici
    A description of the plot of the play
    Some commentary on the play, its relationship to Ancient Greek and Roman drama, the changes in stop characters since the beginning of Renaissance Italian Theatre and its legacy.
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    • 30 min
    Germanic Renaissance Theatre

    Germanic Renaissance Theatre

    Episode 69
    The Renaissance met the Reformation in the Germanic States of Northern Europe so we start with a word on Martin Luther and his love of music and qualified approval of theatre.
    Latin drama of Jacob Wimpheling and Thomas Naogeorgus.
    The history of Hanswurst and Brandt's 'Ship of Fools'
    'Students' by Christoph Stumble gets it's second mention on the podcast.
    The versatility of Johannes Reuchlin
    German biblical plays
    The German plays of Henrich Julius von Braunschweig, Duke of Brunswick
    The extraordinary life of Nicodemus Frischlin and his comedy 'Julius Redivivus’ 
    The impact of the thirty years war.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Potato Lady Bex ,

Podcast Ex Machina

A lot of people talk about how Shakespeare influenced today’s society and modern entertainment. But who or what inspired Shakespeare? This podcast can answer that question and so many more. Host Philip takes you back in time to analyze theatre right at the roots, analyzing Ancient Greek and Roman performances, plays, emperors, and playwrights. You will learn things about pantomime and Greek gods that you never thought you wanted to know, but it’s all quite fascinating.

erinkellytweets ,

Well done

I arrived at this podcast through The History of England. It’s beautifully narrated and very interesting. I’m more of a history buff than a theatre buff, but it is sure to satisfy both.

Essabf ,

Love it!

I’m a huge theatre buff. This podcast has completely opened my world. Well written and so informative!

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