chronicle play


noun
  1. a drama based on historical material, usually consisting of a series of short episodes or scenes arranged chronologically.

Origin of chronicle play

1
First recorded in 1900–05
  • Also called chronicle history.

Words Nearby chronicle play

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How to use chronicle play in a sentence

  • The ruder chronicle play also began, and the reigns of John and Henry V. amongst others were put upon the stage.

  • But the chronicle-play is a species apart, and practically an extinct species: we need not pause to study its methods.

    Play-Making | William Archer
  • It animated Marlowe no less than Drake, and the author of the least successful chronicle play as well as admiral or counselor.

    Tragedy | Ashley H. Thorndike
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for chronicle play

chronicle play

noun
  1. a drama based on a historical subject

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