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Angelo Beolco

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(c.1502–42),

one of the earliest Italian actors and dramatists, connected with the origins of the commedia dell'arte. He was a gifted amateur who acted in Venice, Ferrara, and...

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Bartolomé de Torres Naharro

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Theatre.

(c.1485–c.1530)

Spanish playwright. Ordained a priest in Italy and heavily influenced by Italian writers of the early modern period, he was the author of a collection of comedies...

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Chambers of Rhetoric

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Rederijkerskamers were amateur literary guilds, possibly the descendants of earlier religious confraternities, but similar in their organization to contemporary archers'...

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Guillén de Castro y Bellvis

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(1569–1631)

Spanish dramatist. Influenced originally by the tragedians of his native Valencia, his plays show an increasingly symbiotic relationship with those of Lope de Vega. The...

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Joost van den Vondel

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(1587–1679)

Dutch playwright and poet. Influenced by the Chambers of Rhetoric, Vondel began with mock poems and patriotic poetry. He wrote Gijsbrecht van Aemstel for the opening of...

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Juan de la Cueva

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(1550–1610)

Spanish poet and playwright. A prolific writer for the stage, he is distinguished by his blatant disregard for the neoclassical unities, his reduction of the...

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Juan Ruiz de Alarcón y Mendoza

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(1580–1639),

dramatist of Spain's Golden Age, rival and enemy of Lope de Vega Carpio. Born in Mexico City, he went to Spain in 1600 and attained eminence in the law ...

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Lope de Rueda

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(c.1512–1565)

Spanish playwright and actor-manager who, as leader of a troupe of travelling players, performed a variety of religious and secular plays at religious festivals, in...

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Prince Charles's Men

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

Acting company formed by Edward Alleyn in 1616 under the patronage of Prince Charles, the future Charles I. Based initially at the Hope Theatre, the company moved in 1619 to ...

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Queen Anne's Men

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Acting company formed on the accession of James I in 1603, under the patronage of Queen Anne. It was based at the Curtain Theatre between 1603 and 1609, then at ...

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