- A brief and usually comic dramatic piece in 15th- and 16th-centuryEngland. It represents a transitional form between medieval Englishtheater and the Elizabethan drama. Often performed at banquets, itwas similar to the Italian intermezzo and the Spanish entremés.Such sketches were first performed in England by the Players of theKing's Interludes (Lusores Regis) at the court of Henry VII.In the hands of its main exponent, John Heywood (1497 - 1580),the genre developed into a shorter piece performed between the actsof a full-length play. Heywood's most famous interlude was TheFour Ps (1520). The form disappeared entirely during the reignof Elizabeth I.