About this course

Realism, Naturalism, Romanticism, Total Theatre, Socialist and Feminist Drama: there have been numerous exciting developments in British Theatre since William Shakespeare. This course offers an incisive and practical introduction to some of the key playwrights and movements in British Theatre from the Renaissance on. Each week, we will learn about different ‘schools’ of drama, read and perform texts, and consider how each illuminates, and is illuminated by, its particular cultural, social and political contexts.

Playwrights studied vary from semester to semester, but represent a diverse group ranged across five centuries of theatre. Among these are likely to be: Christopher Marlowe, Aphra Behn, William Wycherely, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill, Nina Raine and Tanika Gupta.

The course will include visits to see at least two stage productions.


Subject Areas

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