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Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

Matthew Sergi


This book’s subject is the relationship between early play texts and early performance, as manifested in the extant manuscripts (inscribed 1575-1607) of the Chester plays (performed, and continually revised, ca. 1421-1575). It examines the Chester plays’ “practical cues”—the texts’ verbal prompts for extra-verbal action (physical movement, position, and interactions, and the construction and use of costume pieces, scenery, sets, props, and special effects)—in explicit stage directions, implicit in the dialogue, or revealed in comparison to non-dramatic records. It argues that practical cues ar ... More

Keywords: Chester plays, Chester mystery cycle, practical cues, medieval drama, early performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226709239
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226709406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Sergi, author
University of Toronto