The Spanish Tragedy

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The Spanish Tragedy
Kyd, Spanish Tragedy.jpg
Title page of the 1615 edition
Written byThomas Kyd
CharactersRevenge
Ghost of Andrea
King of Spain, etc.
Date of premiere1580s
Place of premiereLondon, England
Original languageEnglish
SubjectRevenge
GenreTragedy
SettingSpain 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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