Episode 21

Behind the Dikes: Renaissance Theatre in The Netherlands

Published on: 5th September, 2022

Episode 84:

Given the destruction of the thirty years war moving backwards and forwards across the Germanic and Flemish states of Europe between 1618 and 1648 it is a wonder that any art could flourish at all but in the Netherlands, there was something of an opposite effect.

A word on the lack of examples from the Netherlands in this period and a reminder of the lasting influence of ‘Everyman’.

The political and religious landscape that enables the Dutch Golden Age, a period of trade and expansion.

The slow emergence of Dutch theatre from the medieval period.

The Rhetoricians and their influence.

The annual carnival and the drama competition.

The life and work of Pieter Hooft

The farces and comedies of G A Brendero

The outline plot of ‘The Farce of the Cow’.

Definitions of theatrical genres by publisher Cornelis van der Plasse

Farce used to comment on the immigration of Germanic people into the Netherlands.  The Moffenkluchten sub-genre.

Influences from England and Southern Europe

The life and work of Joost Van Der Vondel.

Vondel’s historical play and celebration of the city of Amsterdam ‘Gysbreght van Aemstel’.

Vondel’s religious semi-tragic plays, including ‘Jeptha, or the Promised Sacrifice’ and ‘Lucifer’

The decline of the Rhetoricians.

The Amsterdam Playhouse.

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