school drama



  • Plays written in Latin during the Renaissance by European scholarsfor performance by pupils at schools and colleges. The genre beganunder the influence of the humanists. One important branch was Jesuitdrama, although these plays soon began to be written in the vernacular.

    School plays flowered in England in the 16th century, outstandingexamples being Ralph Roister Doister, presented originallyat Eton, and the comedy Gammer Gurton's Needle, first producedat Christ's College, Cambridge. The only English school play stillregularly performed is the Westminster play, which has beenpresented annually in Latin at Westminster School, London, since 1560.