DRM 262H: European Stage History to 1660

This course surveys modes of theatrical presentation from the early Middle Ages to 1660, though our effective closing date will be the closing of the theatres in England in 1642. We will examine liturgical drama, biblical ("mystery") and miracle plays, moralities, court plays and popular drama of the Renaissance period, and the masque. Focus will be on acting areas and styles, the composition of theatrical companies, and the relationship of actors to audiences. Some consideration will also be given to costuming, properties, scenic effects, lighting, music and dance.