Restoration Theater - CharlesIbeheaded 1656Davenant,producer

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Civil war from 1642-1649 Charles I beheaded Puritans ran the country until 1660 Charles II was restored to the throne.
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Theaters  were closed and dismantled. Actors  were persecuted. Secret performances were organized known as  DROLLS- short versions of full length plays. 1656- Davenant, producer, presented  The Siege of  Rhodes , using proscenium arch, wing and shutter  setting all seen in the Italian renaissance. 
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While exiled in France the court was exposed to  French and Italian theatrical devices and introduced  these devices to the English theater.
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France, Spain, England had similar developments  in theater  during the early 1600’s. NEOCLASSICISM- an attempt to revive and emulate  classical attitudes towards art. Observed Aristotle’s:   unity of time, place, action
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Strict observance of  Aristotle’s  “unities” Unity of Time Place Action
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Neoclassical drama Strict  unity of time, place, action No mixing of comedy/tragedy No chorus No soliloquy No deus ex machina Language befitting the status of character
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With the  return of King  II from France the English  theater started to change .
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CHANGES  ON THE  ENGLISH STAGE Scenic changes Actress appeared on stage 1660
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