Definition of chronicle play in English:

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chronicle play

(also chronicle history)


A historical drama consisting of a series of short episodes arranged chronologically.
Example sentences
  • The play's sources include a chronicle play, King Leir, the chronicles of Holinshed, and the Mirror for Magistrates.
  • Throughout the sixteenth century, the theatre had been turning increasingly secular and morality plays were giving way to chronicle plays, shifting from religious allegory to particular historic individuals.
  • For the rest of his life, he relied on European donors, who paid for literary adaptations: Kafka's The Trial in 1962, Chimes at Midnight - his own digest of Shakespeare's chronicle plays - in 1966, Isak Dinesen's The Immortal Story in 1968.

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Syllabification: chron·i·cle play

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