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How did the drama develop between 1515-1660?

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Since you didn't specify where, I will use England.

In the early 1500s, drama was evolving from the religious dramas of Middle Ages.  In England there were the cycle plays which told the stories in the Bible.  There were also the Miracle, Mystery, and Morality plays that grew out of these.  The most famous was Everyman which appears at the end of the 15th century.

In the middle of the 1500s, three plays were written and became popular.  First came two comedies, Gammar Gurton's Needle by Mr. S. (1533) and Ralph Roister Doister (1553) by Nickolas Udall.  The first tragedy which was based on Seneca's closet dramas, was Gorboduc by two school friends, Thomas Sackville and Thomas Norton.

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