interlude, development in the late 15th cent. of the English medieval morality play. Played between the acts of a long play, the interlude, treating intellectual rather than moral topics, often contained elements of satire or farce. The form developed in Italy as the intermedio and intermezzo, in France as the entremet or intermede and as the entrée, which involved only dance. In Spain the entremés became an independent form as in the work of Cervantes.

See E. K. Chambers, The Medieval Stage (1903); V. F. Hopper and G. B. Lahey, ed., Medieval Mysteries, Moralities and Interludes (1962).

An interlude ("between play") is:

  • In theatre:
    • a short play or, in general, any representation between parts of a larger stage production: see entr'acte.
    • Morality play, a modern critical term describing Medieval and early Tudor theatrical entertainments that were known as "Interludes"
    • Entr'acte, a short play-within-a-play within a larger theatrical work.
  • In music:
  • General:
    • a period of time between or interrupting a larger one.

Interlude can refer to:

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