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date: 24 January 2021

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This article analyzes John Foxe's play, Christus Triumphans. At the beginning and at the end of his play, Foxe both frames and unframes the place of the stage. Asking for attentive silence, the Prologue demarcates a space for play, theatrical make-believe, ‘ludi scenic’. But this demarcation is only provisional: it holds up only for the ‘meantime’, until ‘we will see all with our own eyes, when God sends in actual fact what he now only promises’ Ushering the spectators into the playworld and seeing them out of it, the Prologue and the concluding Chorus of Virgins establish a continuum rather than a categorical gap between inside and outside. The theatre of Christus Triumphans is not so much a separate space of fiction cordoned off from reality as a space where reality is epitomized in revelatory clarity.

Keywords: Tudor drama, plays, revelation, prologue, stage, reality

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