Episode 11

The Spanish Playhouse, its manager, his actors, and their audience

Published on: 18th April, 2022

Episode 74: 

The development of Spanish theatre buildings, including the original, the Corral de la Olivera in Valencia.

Alberto Ganassa and the influence of his Comedia Dell Arte troupe.

The first theatre in Madrid the Corral de Pachea  

 The main points of the layout and characteristics of the Spanish playhouse.

The way plays changed to suit the playhouse, including the breaking of Aristotle’s rules.

The financial structures that were used to generate charitable income from the theatre and the impact that had.

The role of the theatre manager and changes as more permanent theatres were built in Spanish cities.

The use of music and dance to augment the theatrical entertainments.

How the acting troupes worked in the framework of the playhouse and its manager.

Women performing on stage and the reaction by the Church and State.

The impact of costumes on stage and the attempts to curtail excessive costume changes and expenses.

The actor’s life in Spain, which may have been a little more secure than elsewhere in Europe.

The establishment of the Actors Guild in 1631.

The continuation of court theatre.

Changes to the position of the dramatist during the period.

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