After the dark days of the Middle Ages, theatre seemed to flourish like never before in a variety of forms and grew in ways that the early liturgical resurgence could have never predicted. During the High Middle Ages, economical and political changes that took place changed the structure of theatre and a new, more organized version began to take root.
Guilds began to form in newly minted towns that churned out a great many works that were both secular and religious in nature.
It was in the period of the Late Middle Ages that society began to see actors who had decided to make the theatre more than just a hobby and the profession of acting was born.
Notable Kings of this period actually kept troops of paid and professional actors as part of their courts and performed plays on raised stages in the residences of the nobility of the times.
It is not to say that all was wine and roses and second acts during this period of growth: the Protestant Reformation period theatre once again to back seat to power politics and many plays both religious and secular were banned.
The Elizabethan era saw another resurgence in the theatre and once again things grew exponentially for a period of time. The days of the troupe being attached to a nobleman’s household ended and the troupes began to tour under the patronage of the monarchy of the day and any that were not were considered “vagabonds” and not hired for performances.
In addition to the burgeoning theatre in England, there was also great leaps made in theatres in Spain, Italy and France that led to a great expansion of the theatre all across the globe.
Without these periods society may have never reached the days of theatre enjoyed today.