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chronicle play

a drama based on historical material, usually consisting of a series of short episodes or scenes arranged chronologically.
Also called chronicle history.
Origin of chronicle play
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I had forgotten Falstaff, who is an episode in a chronicle play.

    The Cutting of an Agate William Butler Yeats
  • A “chronicle play” has the privilege of wandering, but Becket wanders too far and too long.

    Alfred Tennyson Andrew Lang
  • It presents a combination of chronicle play with Marlowesque protagonist and a Kydian apparatus of revenge.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • The English chronicle play had evidently not yet made any stir at court; but many of the classical plays were drawn from Livy.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • In the structure of his plots Marlowe forsook the Senecan models and began with the methods of the chronicle play.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • Leacock's attempt may be taken as the first example that we have of an American chronicle play.

British Dictionary definitions for chronicle play

chronicle play

a drama based on a historical subject
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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