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Development of English drama - Mindy Ploeckelmann

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When presented with the problem of hoards of illiterate commoners, English clergymen in the 11th century created plays to spread word about the Bible. Eventually, the plays moved out of the church and into the streets. Mindy Ploeckelmann tracks the development of English drama from mystery plays to morality plays and, eventually, to Shakespeare.

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Additional Resources for you to Explore
For an in depth look at the history of theater around the world, check out TheatreHistory.com.
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Do an Internet search of some images of the Globe theater. How is the theater similar to the pageant and how is the Globe unique to itself? Compare the Globe Theatre to theaters of today.
Do an Internet search of Cuthbert Burbage to discover why and how the theater was moved and rebuilt as the Globe.
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