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Tucson Citizen - Jan 10 11:41 PM
Wenches, knights and turkey legs will be in abundance at the Arizona Renaissance Festival from Feb. 10-April 1 in Apache Junction. The medieval amusement park features a 12-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast.
Five Live: Performance 
The Oregonian - Jan 12 12:32 AM
1. Cappella Romana Robust medieval Byzantine chant from the rich-voiced choir. 8 p.m. Friday, St. Mary's Cathedral, 1716 N.W. Davis; $25, with student/senior discounts; 503-236-8202.

Theater: The Apple Tree 
The Christian Science Monitor - Jan 11 2:28 PM
Kristin Chenoweth shines in a revivial of the 1966 three-act musical.

Lights, knights, superheroes: it’s the YSHS one-act plays 
Yellow Springs News - Jan 12 11:07 AM
Every year at the Antioch Theater, writers, directors and actors from Yellow Springs High School get to show their stuff with a series of one-act plays they produce entirely on their own.

- Medeival Theater

Here is an article on Medieval Theater.

Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers (1866–1954) was an English literary critic and Shakespearean scholar. His four-volume history of Elizabathen theater, published in 1923, Medival Theater remains a standard resource for scholars of the Medeival Theater period's drama.

Chambers was born in West Ilsley, Berkshire; his father was a curate and his mother was the daughter of a Victorian theologian. He Medeval Theater Mediveal Theater was educated at Marlborough College before matriculating at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He won a number of prizes, including the chancellor's prize Medieal Theater in English for an essay on Meideval Theater literary forgery. He took a job with the national education department and married Eleanor Bowman in 1893.

In the newly created Board of Education, Chambers worked principally to oversee adult and continuing education. He rose to second secretary, but the work for which he is remembered took place outside the office, at least before he retired from the Board in 1926. He was the first president of the Malone Society, serving from 1906 to 1939. He edited collections of verse for Oxford University Press. He produced a work on King Arthur and a privately printed collection of poems.

However his great work, begun even before he left Oxford and pursued for three decades, was a great examination of the history and conditions of English theater in the medieval and Renaissance periods. This study, which Chambers (in the preface to Elizabethan Stage) called prolegomena to a "little book on Shakespeare," was published in three bursts. The Medieval Stage, issued in 1902, offered a comprehensive survey of medieval theater, covering not only the fairly well known interludes but also the then-obscure folk drama, minstrelsy, and liturgical drama. The Elizabethan Stage followed after two decades. The work, though it contained less original discovery than its predecessor, remains among the most useful depiction of the material conditions of English Renaissance theatre. W. W. Greg described it as "one of those books which perhaps no living person is in a position to criticise adequately." It remains in use today. In 1930 came at last the two-volume work on Shakespeare, collected and analyzed the extant evidence of Shakespeare's work and life.

In his retirement, Chambers produced works on Coleridge and Matthew Arnold. After moving to Eynsham, Oxfordshire, he returned to medieval history, producing a volume in the Oxford history and a local study of Eynsham. He died in 1954.

Chambers was appointed Companion in the Order of the Bath in 1912, KBE in 1925. In 1924, he was elected fellow of the British Academy.


Wikisource has original works written by or about:
E. K. Chambers
  • Poems of John Donne (1896, editor)
  • The Mediaeval Stage (2 volumes, 1903)
  • Early English Lyrics (1907, editor)
  • Carmina Argentea (1918, poems)
  • The Elizabethan Stage (4 volumes, 1923)
  • Arthur of Britain (1927)
  • William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems (2 volumes; 1930)
  • The Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse (1932, editor)
  • Sir Henry Lee (1936)
  • Eynsham Under the Monks (1936)
  • Sir Thomas Wyatt and Some Collected Studies (1937)
  • S. T. Coleridge (1938)
  • Shakespearean Gleanings (1941)
  • English Literature at the Close of the Middle Ages (1945)
  • Matthew Arnold (1947).
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