The Romantics freed the French drama from the two unities of place and time

The Romantics freed the French drama from the two unities of place and time

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The Romantics freed the French drama from the two unities of place and time. Hugo retained the  unity of action, feeling that this was an artistic necessity. Local color was important in Romantic  plays. The setting was more often Spain, though several plays were written about England and  English historical characters, such as Cromwell and Mary, Queen of Scots. Violence was permitted  on stage. The play often — indeed, usually — concerned a couple in love. Shakespeare was  translated by Vigny during this period and became one of the idols of the French Romantics. This new freedom in French drama was the beginning of much of the later development of drama in  France and the world. Nineteenth-century France was not in a mood for much experimental drama,  but the way was paved for the twentieth-century experimenters. The audiences in the nineteenth 
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