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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,287 words

name usually given to the popular Italian improvised comedy first recorded in 1545, which flourished from the 16th to ...

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
3,716 words

is the name given to a form of theater that flourished first in Italy then elsewhere in Europe between 1550 ...

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1,102 words

A name given to the Italian drama which flourished from the mid-16th to the early 18th c., and was distinct ...

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
114 words

Italian popular theatre, first brought to France in the 16th c. It was originally a theatre of improvisation, relying on ...

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
62 words

Style of Italian comedy, popular from the mid-16th to late-18th century, which spread throughout Europe. Professional players performed on street ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
78 words
Italian improvised comic theatre popular from the 16th to 18th centuries, whose stock characters, such as Harlequin and Columbine, became familiar to audiences all over Europe. The form, ... More
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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
468 words

Literally ‘comedy of professional actors’, it probably has its roots in Roman times but became a recognizable genre of popular ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)
Length:
212 words

A genre of improvised drama which flourished in Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and exercised an important influence on French drama, where it evolved into the ...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,980 words

The term by which we now refer to this form of theatre (which means simply ‘professional comedy’) occurs very late in its history. It is first found in a play by ...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,375 words

The term we use for this form of theatre (which means simply ‘professional *comedy’) occurs late in its history. It is first found in a play by ...

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Sarah Hibberd

The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
228 words

A form of semi-improvised Italian comic theatre popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. It made use of stock scenes (...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
157 words
The Italian term for ‘professional comedy’, a type of improvised comic play popular in Italy and France from the 16th to the 18th centuries. It was performed in masks by travelling actors ... More
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006
an improvised kind of popular comedy in Italian theatres in the 16th–18th centuries, based on stock characters. Actors adapted their comic dialogue and action according to a few basic ... More

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