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Spanish Golden Age: Life as a Dream 16/12/2007 19:05:00 Spanish Golden Age 1580-1680 “Golden” – refers to the riches aquired by the conquest of the Americas. The  disentigration of the Spanish monarchy and the loss of the these riches plays  an important role in the theatre of the golden age. Golden Age Theatre Theatre becomes a particular location where one pays an entry fee Theatre is run by professionals (managers, professional actors, etc.). They  live off the theatre (unlike Comm. D’ell arte) AUTO SACREMENTALE : a form of allegorical religious drama initially  devised to celebrate the feat of Corpus Christi (on well decorated, 2 story,  carts around the city). The Spanish autos continued to be played along side  the secular plays until the mid 18 th  century. In Spain the theatres where public institutions right in the middle of the major  metropolitan cities unlike the English who had their theatres in the “suburbs” o These theatres were run by the  COFRADIAS  – religious fraternities  (monks). The profit from the theatres was used to finance charities. The theatres were regulated by the government who decided how many  troops could play in a certain area as well as: o What kind of characters could appear on stage. (eg. King cannot  appear on stage) o Censored whatever they felt to be inappropriate CORRALES  (playhouses): o Had a courtyard with room for a stage (three level stage). This  courtyard was surrounded by 3 to four walls o Could house 1000-2000 spectators o The platform stage would be at one end of the yard o Behind pillars there would be curtains. Not often painted or decorated 
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENGL 230 taught by Professor Hurley during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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