The study of early drama has undergone a quiet revolution in the last four decades, radically altering critical approaches to form, genre, and canon. Drawing on disciplines from art history to musicology and reception studies, The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance reconsiders early "drama" as a mixed mode entertainment best studied not only alongside non-dramatic texts, but also other modes of performance.

From performance before the playhouse to the afterlife of medieval drama in the contemporary avant-garde, this stunning collection of essays is divided into four sections:

  • Northern European Playing before the Playhouse;
  • Modes of Production and Reception;
  • Reviewing the Anglophone Tradition;
  • The Long Middle Ages

Offering a much needed reassessment of what is generally understood as "English medieval drama", The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance provides an invaluable resource for both students and scholars of medieval studies.

chapter |10 pages


ByPamela M. King

part |2 pages

PART I Northern European playing before the playhouse

chapter 1|17 pages

Liturgical enactment

ByNils Holger Petersen

chapter 3|18 pages

The early “Anglo-Norman” and French tradition

ByRobert Clark

chapter 4|21 pages

Drama in Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany

ByDavid N. Klausner

chapter 5|16 pages

Playing in northern Europe: setting the stage for the Low Countries

ByElsa Strietman

part |2 pages

PART II Modes of production and reception

chapter 6|19 pages

Word and Image in early performance

ByVéronique Plesch

chapter 8|16 pages

Researching court performance

BySarah Carpenter

chapter 9|17 pages

Dance and gesture as media for dramatic expression

ByFrances Eustace

chapter 10|15 pages

Robin Hood plays and combat games

ByJohn Marshall

part |2 pages

PART III Reviewing the Anglophone tradition

chapter 11|18 pages

English biblical drama

ByAlexandra F. Johnston

chapter 12|16 pages

Morality plays and the aftermath of Arundel’s Constitutions

ByCharlotte Steenbrugge

chapter 13|16 pages

Rehabilitating academic drama

ByStephanie Allen, Elisabeth Dutton, James McBain

chapter 14|22 pages

The interlude

ByAndrew Hiscock

part |2 pages

PART IV The long Middle Ages