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What is Commedia dell’Arte Today? A Review Essay


  • Pavel Drabek University of Hull



This essay reviews seven recent volumes on the commedia dell'arte: Christopher B. Balme, Piermario Vescovo, and Daniele Vianello's edited volume Commedia dell’Arte in Context (2018); Judith Chaffee and Oliver Crick's edited The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte (2014); Erith Jaffe-Berg's Commedia dell’ Arte and the Mediterranean: Charting Journeys and Mapping ‘Others’ (2016); Andrea Fabiano's La Comédie-Italienne de Paris et Carlo Goldoni: De la commedia dell’arte à l’opéra-comique, une dramaturgie de l'hybridation au XVIIIe siècle (2018); Emily Wilbourne's Seventeenth-Century Opera and the Sound of the Commedia dell’Arte (2016); Natalie Crohn Schmitt's Befriending the Commedia dell’arte of Flaminio Scala: The Comic Scenarios (2014); and Markus Kupferblum's Die geburt der neugier aus dem geist der revolution. Die commedia dell’arte als politisches volkstheater (2013).

Author Biography

Pavel Drabek, University of Hull

Pavel Drábek ( is professor of drama and theatre practice at the University of Hull. He has co-edited (with M.A. Katritzky) Transnational Connections in Early Modern Theatre (Manchester, 2019), edited Pamela Howard’s What is Scenography? (3rd edition, Routledge, 2019), and is working on a monograph entitled Adapting and Translating for the Stage. He is also a theatre maker, writing and directing plays, and writing opera librettos and radio plays.






Review Essay