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closet drama

drama appropriate for reading rather than for acting.
a play in this form. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for closet-drama

closet drama

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  1. drama suitable for reading rather than performing
  2. a play of this kind
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closet drama

a drama suited primarily for reading rather than production. Examples of the genre include John Milton's Samson Agonistes (1671) and Thomas Hardy's The Dynasts (three parts, 1903-08). Closet drama is not to be confused with readers' theatre, in which actors read or recite without decor before an audience.

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