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Transcript of Renaissance Theatre
by Natalie DuVall and Rachel Ijames Renaissance Theatre What is the Renaissance? Genre History of Theatre Development & Historical Events Characteristics of Theaters Performances Cultural Characteristics & Philosophies of the Era “re-birth”
Public and Private
Major English playwrights /plays of the time:
"Taming of the Shrew"
"Doctor Faustus" Period
Pastoral England Around 1575
Plays were banned due to:
Morality - criticism of the monarchy
Measure against the plague
All players were expelled from the city
The plagues outbreak was at its highest
Places of public gathering - closed down
Permanent playhouses constructed outside the jurisdiction of London Public/ Outdoor:
Built outside of London, across Thames River
Normally held 1,500-3,000
Usually built of timber, lath, plaster, and thatched roofs Purpose of Theatre to Elizabethan Society & Audience Expectations Specific Characteristics of Renaissance Drama How the Renaissance Evolved from the Medieval Era & How it Evolves into the Restoration/Neo-Classical Era Sources Italian Renaissance 1400-1620
Commedia dell'arte Italy England England England Rarely acted same play two days in a row
Tremendous work load for leading actors
Companies only included males
Evolved w/ reign of Charles II
Doubling or tripling roles were common
Minimal rehearsal time England England The Court and commoners united
Main source of entertainment
The people were provided:
A second voice regarding societal behavior
Ex. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, highlights the growing puritan movement England Borrowed from Roman or English history & sometimes from Italian Renaissance Literature
Were in episodic form
Had parallel plots or subplots
Presented violence onstage
Filled with supernatural characters
Mixed higher characters with lower characters
Mixed comedy scenes into serious plays
Incorporated iambic pentameter
Were in chronicle form England Actually began in the 1300s but did not dominate until the 16th century
Things that brought about the Renaissance:
Decline in feudalism,
Increased growth of cities
Increased power of princes/rulers
Lessening influence of the church over learning and life
The renaissance era evolved into 18th century (restoration/neo-classical) theatre by:
Developing a taste for sentiment
Developing realistic detail & historical accuracy "Drama and Dramatic Arts."
Theatre.autocww.colorado.edu/~toldy2/E64ContentFiles/TheaterAndActing/DramaAndDramaticArts.html (accessed October 7, 2012).
"English Renaissance theatre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free
encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Renaissance_theatre (accessed October 7, 2012).
"Life in Renaissance England." University of Houston.
http://www.uh.edu/~djudkins/life_in_renaissance_england.htm (accessed October 7, 2012).
"Music History 102." ipl2: Information You Can Trust.
http://www.ipl.org/div/mushist/ren/index.html (accessed October 7, 2012).
"THEATRE HISTORY - Beginning through the Renaissance." Introduction to
Theatre - THEA 131 Dr. C. Frederic. www2.selu.edu/Academics/Faculty/cfrederic/TheatreHistoryThruRenaissance.htm (accessed October 7, 2012).
http://www.william-shakespeare.info/shakespeare-play-king-henry-v.htm England attempted to recreate Greek tragedy
Monteverdi (1567-1643) Opera Improvisation
Stock characters Commedia dell'arte Lovers
Troubled between their hearts and parents' wishes Inamorati Father of one of the lovers
Greedy merchant Pantalone Pompous
Spaniard Il Capitano Father of one lover
The Doctor Il Dottore Servants
Foolish, but funny Zanni Pantalone's prankster servant
Most popular character
Carried a batacchio Arlecchino Only female servant
Assists the lovers Colombina Low-level merchant
Scheming Brighella Religious upheaval
Beginning of Capitalism England Independent city-states
Italian Wars Italy Renaissance began in Italy
Influenced many English playwrights Italy Staging Architecture
Sebastiano Serlio (1475-1554)
Competitive Dukes Italy Terence Stage
Chariot and Pole System Italy Mobile Troupes
Were not rehearsed prior
Role of women Italy Comedic entertainment
Artistic creativity Italy
Shakespeare’s, Henry V Period
Christopher Marlowe’s, Dr. Faustus Tragedy
John Fletcher’s, The Faithful Shepherdess Pastoral
Thomas Dekker’s, The Shoemaker’s Holiday Comedy http://www2.selu.edu/Academics/Faculty/cfrederic/TheatreHistoryThruRenaissance.htm