Not a lot went on during the Spanish Renaissance but if something happened it would probably would

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Not a lot went on during the Spanish Renaissance but if something happened it would probably would have had something to do with theater. The Spanish Renaissance was also known as the golden-age or in other words a time of great happiness. Spanish Renaissance is defined by very few historical events, theater, and the play La Vida Es Sueño. During the Spanish Renaissance “Madrid was a relatively sleepy, provincial town perched high on a central plain of Spain in 1561” (“Renaissance”). In 1561 Madrid became the center of the royal government (“Renaissance”). After Madrid became the center of government it also became the home of the most vigorous theater life by 1600 (“theater”). Spain was slowly improving piece by piece. Although it…show more content…
The average Madrid Theater could hold about 2,000 people until 1620 when an enormous auditorium about a third of the theater in London gave Madrid about 130,000 inhabitants (“Renaissance”). The plays would start at different times according to season. In the summer they started at 4p.m. and in the winter they showed around 2p.m. due to limited sunlight (“Renaissance”). A popular theater was the Corral de la Cruz (Brockett 200). Sacramental plays aimed to teach the tenets of Counter- Reformation Catholicism and secular drama was undergoing a dramatic expansion during the Golden-Age (“Theater”). By the 1650’s the payment for the major playwrights had increased to about 800 reals (Brockett 198). Some of the popular actors included Damien Arias de Penafiel, Cosme Perez, and Jusepa Vaca (Brockett 199). The Spanish Renaissance was also defined by many plays and play writes. One of the major play writes is Pedro Calderón de la Barca. He was born on January 17, 1600 in Madrid (Pedro). He was born into minor nobility of Madrid and received an early education from the Jesuits (“Theater”). Calderón intended to become a lawyer, but he eventually turned to writing play while serving the constable of Castile in his 20’s (“Theater”). Some of Pedros major works are El Medico de su Honra, La Vida es Sueño, El Alcalde de Zalamea, and La Hija del Aire (Pedro). Calderón also wrote operas and plays with religious and mythological themes (Pedro). The majority
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