Ralph Roister Doister wrote the first English five-act comedy play in doggerel and song that was penned by the English translator, and clergyman Nicholas Udall in 1553. The play incorporated stock comic portrayals of a rowdy 16th-century London, and based on earlier works by the Roman playwrights Terence and Plautus. The play was first performed by Queen Mary’s Chapel Royal at Windsor Castle by the pupils of Westminster School in London, while Udall was schoolmaster.
1553, 16th Century
Ralph Roister Doister
- Ralph Roister Doister – Wikipedia
Ralph Roister Doister is a sixteenth-century play by Nicholas Udall, which was once regarded as the first comedy to be written in the English language.
- Ralph Roister Doister | play by Udall | Britannica
This must have been written, and probably was performed, about 1553. The play marks the emergence of English comedy from the medieval morality plays, …
- Roister Doister (Resurrecting The First English Comedy …
Apr 17, 2015 – Ralph Rositer Doister is the earliest surviving English comedy. Written by Nicholas Udall (1504 -1556), a cleric and schoolmaster who was removed from his … The play has rarely been resurrected since its first production.
- Ralph Roister Doister: the first regular English comedy [PDF]
Ralph Roister Doister was written by the English playwright, Nicholas Udall, probably between 1551 and 1553. This paper provides an outline of English theatre …
- Ralph Roister Doister | ElizabethanDrama.org
… Udall’s RALPH ROISTER DOISTER, the first modern comedy in the English … English stage comedy, having been written somewhere in the early 1550’s.