Medieval English Theatre 41
Sarah Carpenter (Hrsg.), Elisabeth Dutton (Hrsg.), Gordon Kipling Meg Twycross (Hrsg.)
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Belletristik / Essays, Feuilleton, Literaturkritik, Interviews
Medieval English Theatre is the premier journal in early theatre studies. Its name belies its wide range of interest: it publishes articles on theatre and pageantry from across the British Isles up to the opening of the London playhouses and the suppression of the civic mystery cycles, and also includes contributions on European and Latin drama, together with analyses of modern survivals or equivalents, and of research productions of medieval plays. The articles here focus on civic theatre and display. Chester, York, Durham and Newcastle, and London. Practicalities are to the fore: what the Drawers of Dee actually did, how the actors in the York Corpus Christi Play knew what time it was, the difficulties presented to London pageantry by unauthorised house-extensions and horse-droppings. Even the stately entertainments of a royal tour by James VI & I featured (in Newcastle, of course) negotiation over the monopoly on coal disguised as a historical event in a play about King Alfred and Canute. Ranging further afield is an introduction to the living tradition of Iranian mystery plays, whose history and development have some thought-provoking parallels with those of medieval waggon plays in the West. Finally, the director and producer discuss their 2019 production of John Redford's Wit and Science by Edward's Boys, the first to be played by a boys' company since the sixteenth century. Contributors: Philip Butterworth, Mark Chambers, E. Lucy Deacon, Elisabeth Dutton, Ernst Gerhardt, Gaspar Jackovac, Perry Mills, Meg Twycross.