Religious Beginning in Elizabethan Drama

One of the finest dramatic traditions in English literature, the Elizabethan drama emerged in the middle of the 16th century in England. It was emerged in response to the growing needs of popular entertainment, national and cultural aspirations. To begin with, the Elizabethan had to reckon with theatre as a vehicle for religious and moral instructions. After the decline of classical drama in Europe, the middle ages witnessed the use of theatre in the church for religious instructions. This has infact, led to the rebirth of western drama after the middle ages.

The Antiphonal singing, the essential part of the Roman Catholic prayer in the church, displayed dramatic possibilities that could be effectively used for instructional purposes. Further, illustrations of the stories of the old and new Testaments, particularly during festivals like Christmas and Easter, through dramatic presentation became an integral part of the Roman Catholic liturgy.

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