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air

air  

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1 Melody.2 Comp. of melodious character. See also aria and ayre.
Alfonso Ferrabosco

Alfonso Ferrabosco  

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(1543–88), and(c.1575–1628),Italian composers in England. Alfonso the Elder, after a youthful career as an instrumentalist and singer in France, moved to England where he was a musician to ...
Allardyce Nicoll

Allardyce Nicoll  

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(1894–1976),Scottish theatre historian, successively Professor of English Language and Literature in London and Birmingham Universities. As head of the Department of Drama at Yale University, he ...
amateur theatre

amateur theatre  

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In Britain amateur theatre reached its height in the 19th century, when many of the best-known amateur societies were founded, among them the Old Stagers, who have given performances closely ...
Anne Clifford

Anne Clifford  

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Lady Anne Clifford (1590–1676), countess of Dorset, Pembroke, and Montgomery, was one of the most powerful noblewomen in England, and at her death one of the richest. Her life was ...
antimasque

antimasque  

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A comic and grotesque piece of clowning that sometimes preceded the performance of a masque (hence the alternative spelling, antemasque). Ben Jonson introduced this farcical prelude to some of his ...
anti-theatrical polemic

anti-theatrical polemic  

In the Western tradition, moral or religious objections to the theatre have been raised during most of the periods in which it has enjoyed prosperity and influence and during many ...
Ariel

Ariel  

1 an airy spirit in Shakespeare's The Tempest;2 a rebel angel in Milton's Paradise Lost (VI. 371);3 in Pope's Rape of the Lock (II. 53 ff.) the chief of the sylphs.Shakespeare's character 1. has ...
audience dress

audience dress  

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Codes and practices of audience dress reveal significant information about the role and status of performance in different historical moments and in different cultures. Within a single performance ...
Aurelian Townshend

Aurelian Townshend  

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(?1583–?1643),travelled in France and Italy, then appears in 1632 as a writer of court masques. He seems to have collaborated with I. Jones in Albion's Triumph and to have contributed verses for the ...
ballet

ballet  

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Entertainment in which dancers, by use of mime, etc., perform to mus. to tell a story or to express a mood. The ballet was largely developed in the courts of Fr. and It. during the 16th and 17th ...
ballet de cour

ballet de cour  

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(Fr.).Fr. court ballet of the 17th cent. The Balet comique de la royne, comp. for the marriage festivities of the Duc de Joyeuse and the sister of the queen of Fr. in 1581 is considered the first of ...
Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson  

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(1572/3–1637),born in London of Border descent. He was educated at Westminster School under Camden. During the early 1590s he worked as a bricklayer in his stepfather's employ, and saw military ...
Blackfriars Theatre

Blackfriars Theatre  

Was built within the boundaries of the old Dominican monastery lying between Ludgate Hill and the river. The first theatre on the site was adapted for performances by Richard Farrant in 1576; the ...
Ceres

Ceres  

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In Roman mythology, the corn goddess, the equivalent of the Greek Demeter.In astronomy, Ceres is the name of the first asteroid to be discovered, found by G. Piazzi of Palermo on 1 January 1801.
character

character  

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In narrative generally, a character is a person depicted within a story, either through description or direct speech; in drama the term usually refers only to persons portrayed by actors. ...
Cockpit

Cockpit  

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London, public theatre in Drury Lane, built for cockfights in 1609 and converted in 1616 by Christopher Beeston, on plans drawn up possibly by Inigo Jones, into a roofed or ...
Cockpit-in-Court

Cockpit-in-Court  

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Built in 1629 as a replacement for a succession of temporary theatres used at Whitehall Palace to stage plays and masques for the royal entertainments of the Christmas season, the ...
comédie-ballet

comédie-ballet  

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A kind of comedic entertainment which included a large element of ballet; most popular in the 17th and 18th centuries in France. Its most famous exponents were Molière and Lully.
costume

costume  

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From earliest times costuming has been an essential part of the theatre. In Greek tragedy the actors wore masks and long robes with sleeves, quite unlike the dress of the ...

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