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Timeline of Modern Drama

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Dustin Pascual

on 6 March 2014

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Drama completely evolved from the small
Liturgical plays

that the catholic churches practiced.

Passion plays
- re-enactment of Jesus Christ's life and death that quickly spread around Europe

The 'long run' is a modern development and is used as a measure of a plays success.

The first long running play to break the century mark was the comic drama "Tom and Jerry" based on the book "Life in London" which ran for five months at the Adelphi theatre from November 1821.

The first production to reach 500 consecutive performances was the comedy “Our Boys” by H.J Byron. It went on to set a magnificent record of 1362 performances.

"A Dolls House" premiered in 1879 and is significant for its critical attitude towards 19th century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy and was written by Henrik Ibsen who is known as one of the founders of modernism in theatre.

W.S Gilbert and Oscar Wilde were leading poets and dramatists of the late Victorian period. Wildes plays stand apart from the many now forgotten plays of the Victorian time (1837-1901).

and the
World Wars
shaped the development of Modern Drama.
Timeline of Modern Drama

1642 - Puritans forced a ban on plays because they believed that playhouses incurred the wrath of God. Plays were blamed for the plague and earthquakes.

1660 - King Charles II restored theatre arts in England.
- Women started playing women roles rather than having men dress up.

Birth of Elizabethan Theatre
Bellinger, Martha Fletcher. "Condemnation of the Elizabethan Theater." Condemnation of the Elizabethan Theater. Henry Holt & Company, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.

Bellinger, Martha Fletcher. "Restoration Drama." Restoration Drama. Henry Holt and Company, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.

"The History of Medieval Theater." HubPages. Hubpages, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2014.

Krutch, Joseph Wood (1953). "Modernism" in Modern Drama, A Definition and an Estimate (First ed.). Ithaca: Cornell University Press. p. 9.

"Ibsen Celebration to Spotlight 'Father of Modern Drama'". Bowdoin College. 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2007-03-27.

Stedman, Jane W. (1996). W. S. Gilbert, A Classic Victorian & His Theatre. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-816174-3

"Twentieth-Century Drama." Infoplease. Infoplease, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2014.

Modern Drama

Common people

detailed and important settings
human element

'Land'/'The Prairie' ('Yuan Ye')

Classical Drama vs.

Royalty and the elite

not realistic
may involve supernatural elements such as gods, mythical figures

Romeo and Juliet
King Lear
Waiting for Godot
A Doll's House
Main Playwrights of the 17th Century

Pierre Corneille - Clitandre (1631)
La Veuve (1632)
Le Cid (1637)

Jean Racine - Amasie (1657)
Thebaide (1664)

Moliere - Les Precieuses Ridicules

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