The Spanish Tragedy

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The Spanish Tragedy
Kyd, Spanish Tragedy.jpg
Title page of the 1615 edition
Written by Thomas Kyd
Characters Revenge
Ghost of Andrea
King of Spain, etc.
Date of premiere 1580s
Place of premiere London, England
Original language English
Subject Revenge
Genre Tragedy
Setting Spain and Portugal during the Renaissance

The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieronimo is Mad Again is a play by Thomas Kyd. It is a tragedy. The exact date the play was written is uncertain. It was probably written in the 1580s.

Ben Jonson referred to the play in Bartholomew Fair. This suggests that The Spanish Tragedy was staged between 1584 and 1589. A date earlier than 1588 is very likely.

The play is about the horrific murders of the heirs to the Spanish throne. It had great influence on Elizabethan playwrights. Shakespeare may have adopted elements of the play for Hamlet.

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