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The Theatre History podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. For each episode, Aaron Odom hosts a guest from the worldwide theatre community to talk about a bizarre, fascinating and humorous story from theatre history. One catch, the guest has no idea what they’ll be discussing. Plus, guests return to the program to share ”Theatre Horror Stories,” moments when theatre artists maintain that old adage: ”The show must go on.” From events an audience might never realize affected the show ...
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Performance is an ephemeral thing, so how do we rediscover its history, and what can that teach us about theatre today? The Theatre History Podcast explores these questions through interviews with scholars and artists who are studying theatre's past in order to help shape its future.
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A podcast tracing the development of theatre from ancient Greece to the present day through the places and people who made theatre happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we'll learn about the social. political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
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If you are a musical nerd this is the place for you. Each season covers one musical or concept in detail giving you a complete history of the glorious art of musical theatre Website: outofthewingsmedia.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/outofthewingsmedia/
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A Walk Through Dublin History by Sam Ford, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2021. Join urbanist and tour guide Sam Ford as he explores the fascinating histories of Dublin theatre. This audio walking tour meanders through three and a half centuries of performance in the city, from candlelit riverside revels to this year’s festival and various riots and ruptures in between. The audio walking tour can be experienced both by listening to Sam guide you through Dublin City, or as a podcast.
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Host Aaron Odom (@TridentTheatre) meets with several members from the cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show '23: JJ Reign - Brad Valeri Hovland - Columbia Laura Thorne - Magenta Rachael Trueblood - Rocky Dan Richard - Criminologist Breahna Jackman - Dr. Frank-N-Furter Aristele Johnson & Kristina Sharpski - Frank's party attendants…
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Host Aaron Odom (@TridentTheatre) invites 3 guests to discuss modern adaptations of Shakespeare's popular tragedy, Romeo and Juliet: First guest: Aaron's son Ethan, to discuss the plot of R&J Second guest: Dr. Paul Gagliardi, to discuss if R&J is the grand love story it's hyped to be Third guest: Lindsay Robert, to discuss two successful major moti…
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A bonus episode where Peter Schmitz of the 'Adventures In Theatre History - Philadelphia' podcast takes us through an overview of the development of theatre in Philadelphia. Peter Schmitz is an actor, dialect coach, and teacher of Theater History who lives in the Philadelphia area. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, he got his BA in History from …
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Host Aaron Odom (@TridentTheatre) invites author Dr. Paul Gagliardi to discuss some entries in Paul's new book, "All Play and No Work," all about the comedies presented by the Federal Theatre Project in the 1930s. Buy "All Play and No Work" from Temple University Press Buy "Gas Money for Austin" by The Barefoot Band, including the "Euripides, Eumen…
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Episode 113 As a coda to season 5 this episode is a potted history of the life of Augustine Phillips, player in the Lord Chamberlin's Men, with the details taken from documented records. Support the podcast at: www.thehistoryofeuropeantheatre.com www.ko-fi.com/thoetp www.patreon.com/thoetp This podcast uses the following third-party services for an…
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Episode 112 To close season five of the podcast I pick up three items I dropped in the previous narrative and then offer some concluding thoughts: Thomas Watson – the life and works of the possible co-author of ‘Arden of Faversham. Henry Chettle – the life and works of the prolific collaborator. Thomas Heywood – the life and works of a playwright n…
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Episode 111 The true story behind 'Arden of Faversham' The plot outline of the play Is the domestic tragedy really tragedy? The main themes of the play The domestic eating of the play The low characters The role of destiny in the play Questions of authorship Other surviving domestic tragedies - 'A Warning for Faire Women' 'Two Tragedies' 'A Yorkshi…
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Ancient Greek and Roman drama has influenced theatre for millennia, and playwrights and other artists from around the world continue to draw inspiration from these works. Professor Fiona Macintosh joins us to talk about the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at Oxford University and how it's been a resource for those who want to learn…
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Episode 110: The problems of the lack of evidence about conventions and acting style. How a player learned his craft. The rhetorical or performance style of acting. Theatre as a poetic form. The rhetorical style is overtaken by a more naturalistic style. Stage sets and costume. Thomas Hayward’s thoughts on a player’s skills. Hayward on players as s…
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Host Aaron Odom (@TridentTheatre) invites author Susan Blumberg-Kason on the show to reverse the format, and tell him a story of Bernardine Szold Fritz. Bernardine is known for many things in 1930s Shanghai, but gave a fresh life and a sense of national identity to a play: "Lady Precious Stream." Get your copy of Susan's book: "Bernardine's Shangha…
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Episode 109: We don't know a lot about individual players of the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage, but there are three stars of the day that we have some information about. Richard Tarlton, the Queen’s favourite comic player. Will Kempe’s origins and early career. ‘A Knack to Know a Knave’ and ‘Fools of Gotham’. Did Kempe fall out with Shakespeare? ‘…
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Lorraine Hansberry's play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" is often forgotten, or dismissed as an inferior play that fell victim to the playwright's declining health at the end of her life. But as our guest, Elise Harris, tells us, it's a fascinating work in its own right, and one with a rich and complicated history.…
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It's a special guest episode, featuring Peter Schmitz and his podcast "Adventures in Theatre History: Philadelphia." Peter tells the story of Jasper Deeter, whose pioneering work had an impact on not only Philadelphia theatre, but the American stage as a whole.
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Episode 108: The second part of the story of Thomas Dekker and his works 'Old Fortunas' - Dekker's first known play ‘The Honest Whore’, a good example of what was good and bad in Dekker’s work. ‘The Civil Wars in France’ - three parts, an introduction and a bit of a mystery. Dekker's debt to the Lord Chamberlin's Men and rescue by Henslowe. How Hen…
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Host Aaron Odom (@TridentTheatre) records this episode before a live audience at the Community College of Denver. Featuring a panel including actor and comedian Mary E. Kennedy ("Shameless"), CCD Technical Theatre Coordinator Keylee Anderson, and comedy producer Chuck Roy, Aaron and the panel discuss if the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats" is wor…
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Episode 107: In the first of two episodes on Thomas Dekker I discuss his earliest life and his prose works. Dekker's early life and first forays into the playhouse. His prose work 'The Wonderful Year' The Gull's Handbook - with some extensive quotes from and explanation of his piece on behaviour in the playhouse Support the podcast at: www.thehisto…
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Episode 106: We have the detail about the way a London playhouse functioned thanks, in a large part, to one document. Theatre owner Philip Henslowe kept a record of many aspects of his enterprise at the Rose theatre from 1591 to 1609. A large part of the diary comprises of daily records of the takings at the box office, which plays were performed, …
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Bonus Episode 31 Guest Jacob Bloomfield discusses his book 'Drag: A British History', with particular reference to Arthur Lucan (AKA Old Mother Riley), the drag review shows that came out of both WW1 and WW2 concert parties and the demise of theatre censorship in the UK through the lens of drag performances. Jacob Bloomfield is Zukunftskolleg Postd…
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Host Aaron Odom (@TridentTheatre) welcomes back returning guest Jason Roy Gaston, and the two discuss the many Broadway Actors who have been hired to be TV Game Show Hosts, and why they fit the genre so perfectly. Jason Roy Gaston on TikTok: @jasonroygaston Jason Roy Gaston on Instagram: @jasonroygaston Jason Roy Gaston on YouTube: @jasonroygaston…
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Episode 105: The life of Thomas Kyd, including a word on Elizabethan schooling. Thomas Nashe on Kyd. Kyd and the London playwright set. Kyd and Lord Strange. Questions over the first performances of ‘The Spanish Tragedy’. Is ‘The Spanish Tragedy’ a sequel? Cornelia, Kyd’s other surviving play. The Ur-Hamlet and other plays and collaborations. Kyd a…
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Host Aaron Odom (@TridentTheatre) visits with comedian and podcast host Keb Pound of The Stupid History Minute podcast to conclude their discussion about the life and death of the promising British playwright Joe Orton, and the strange circumstances of his death. Pre-order The Stupid History Book, Vol. 1 Mary E. Kennedy - Official Website Mary E. K…
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Episode 104: Continuing the story of the Elizabethan theatre buildings. The construction of The Globe Master carpenter Peter Street The death of The Globe The Fortune - Henslowe's replacement for The Rose The Whitefriars Theatre The Hope - Henslowe's replacement for his bear garden, almost. The second Globe Playhouse The Globe reimagined. Support t…
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Host Aaron Odom (@TridentTheatre) visits with comedian and podcast host Keb Pound of The Stupid History Minute podcast to discuss the life and death of the promising British playwright Joe Orton, and the strange circumstances of his death. Pre-order The Stupid History Book, Vol. 1Aaron Odom tarafından oluşturuldu
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Episode 103: The story of the next phase of theatre building in Elizabethan London featuring the indoor and outdoor playhouses. The First Blackfriars Theatre The Curtain Philip Henslowe The Rose Francis Langley The Swan The Second Blackfriars Theatre Support the podcast at: www.thehistoryofeuropeantheatre.com www.ko-fi.com/thoetp www.patreon.com/th…
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Episode 102: The sources of information on the playing troupes. The Earl of Leicester’s Men – the earliest recorded acting troupe. How troupes operated under the patronage of their master. The royal patent and how it changed the way troupes operated. The sumptuary laws and protections that actors were given. The decline of the Earl of Leicester’s M…
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Episode 101: How Marlowe’s other plays differ from Tamburlaine and Dr Faustus. The plot of ‘The Jew of Malta’. The depiction of Barabbas the Jew and how it might have been received by the audience. ‘Edward 2nd’ as a history play rather than a tragedy. The theme of homosexuality in Marlowe’s work. The plot of ‘Edward 2nd’. The slow burn of the play …
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As my own small contribution to the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the first folio of Shakespeare's plays in this third and final episode of a short mini-series I look at the printing and selling of the First Folio and the afterlife of some of the copies as they travelled the globe. This includes some history on the greate…
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Episode 100: Dr Faustus is one of the most influential plays of the Elizabethan period. Most commentators see this play as Marlowe’s masterpiece, and it is certainly the most performed of his plays through the centuries. The two printed version of the play and how they may have come to be updated. The Plot of ‘The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus…
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As my own small contribution to the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the first folio of Shakespeare's plays in this second episode of a short mini-series I look at the inspiration and motivations for the First Folio and how it was produced What prompted the creator to produce the First Folio? Ben Johnson’s First Folio John H…
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Episode 99: Marlowe’s ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ is a play in two parts, an early example of a writer responding to popular acclaim by giving his audience more of the same, but for all of that mercenary motivation, and the fact that the first part was conceived as a stand-alone piece, they do work well as a conjoined piece. The history of the printed …
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As my own small contribution to the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the first folio of Shakespeare's plays in this first episode of a short mini-series I recount a recent journey to London to see copies of the first folio that are currently on display. Support the podcast at: www.thehistoryofeuropeantheatre.com www.ko-fi.co…
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Episode 98: Marlowe as a playwright at the beginning of the greatest period of Elizabethan creativity. A short recap on Marlowe’s university life. Marlowe moves to London. The anonymity and earning power of Elizabethan playwrights. ‘Dido, Queen of Carthage’. Thomas Nashe as co-author of ‘Dido, Queen of Carthage’. Marlowe’s sexual preferences. The E…
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Nick Bromley returns to discuss his book Stage Ghosts and Haunted Theatres. Stories of strange happenings in theatres abound and Nick has collected them together that takes you on a ghostly tour of London's West End and UK regional theatres. Both of Nick's books are available through his website: www.LNPbooks.co.uk Support the podcast at: www.thehi…
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Episode 97: Christopher Marlowe was one of the giants of Elizabethan theatre, but he died young in mysterious circumstances. In this episode I try to unpick the mystery of why he died. Was it just an argument about the cost of a meal, or the result of some far more sinister goings-on in the world of Elizabethan espionage and court rivalry? Support …
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In this special episode I discuss historic and recent audience behaviour in the Theatre and how that behaviour reflects changes in society, with some particular reference to recent events in society and at some theatrical performances. Kirsty Sedgman is a theatre academic at the University of Bristol who specialises in studying audiences. She has s…
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