Suggested Plays

By Genre (see syllabus for alphabetical list)


True Crime / Domestic Tragedy

Anonymous, The Yorkshire Tragedy
Anonymous, A Warning for Fair Women
Thomas Heywood,A Woman Killed with Kindness
Robert Yarington, Two Lamentable Tragedies
William Rowley, Thomas Dekker, and John Ford, The Witch of Edmonton 


Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, The Maid’s Tragedy
Henry Chettle, The Tragedy of Hoffman
George Chapman, Bussy d’Ambois
John Ford, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Thomas Goffe, The Tragedy of Orestes
Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta
John Marston, Antonio and Mellida and Antonio’s Revenge
Thomas Middleton, The Revenger’s Tragedy
John Fletcher et al., The Bloody Brother; or Rollo, Duke of Normandy
James Shirley, The Cardinal
Cyril Tourneur, The Atheist’s Tragedy
John Webster, The White Devil


Barnabe Barnes, The Devil’s Charter (1607)
Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine Part 1
Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine Part 2
Thomas Middleton, The Lady’s Tragedy
Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, The Bloody Banquet
Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, The Changeling
John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi 

Turk Plays

Anonymous, Lust’s Dominion, or the Lascivious Queen
Robert Daborne, A Christian Turn’d Turk
Thomas Goffe, The Raging Turk, or Bajazet the Second
Thomas Goffe, The Couragious Turk
Robert Greene, Selimus
Fulke Greville, Mustapha
John Mason, The Turke
Philip Massinger, The Renegado
George Peele, The Battle of Alcazar
William Percy, Mahomet and his Heaven (1601)


Richard Brome, A Jovial Crew
John Fletcher, The Woman’s Prize
Ben Jonson, Volpone
Ben Jonson, Every Man in his Humour
Ben Jonson, Epicoene, or The Silent Woman
Philip Massinger, A New Way to Pay Old Debts 

City Comedy

George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, Eastward Ho!
Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker’s Holiday
Thomas Dekker and John Webster, Westward Ho!
Thomas Dekker and John Webster, Northward Ho!
Thomas Dekker, The Honest Whore Parts I and II
Ben Jonson, The Alchemist
Thomas Middleton, A Mad World, My Masters
Thomas Middleton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

Farces and Satires

Francis Beaumont, The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe, Dido Queen of Carthage
John Marston, The Dutch Courtesan
John Marston, The Malcontent
Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, The Old Law 


Anonymous, The Merry Devil of Edmonton
Robert Greene,
Friar Bungay and Friar Bacon
Ben Jonson, The Devil is an Ass
Thomas Middleton, The Witch 

Romances and Tragicomedies


Anonymous, Mucedorus
John Fletcher,The Faithful Shepherdess
Thomas Heywood, The Escapes of Jupiter
John Lyly, Galatea
John Lyly, Endymion, The Man in the Moon


Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Philaster
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, A King and No King


Anonymous, Dick of Devonshire
Anonymous, Guy of Warwick
Thomas Heywood, The Fair Maid of the West


John Marston et al., The Insatiate Countess (1613)

Closet Dramas

Elizabeth Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam
Samuel Daniel, Philotas
Fulke Greville, Mustapha
John Milton, Samson Agonistes

Histories / Sword and Sandal

Anonymous, Edward III (1596)
Ben Jonson,
Thomas Dekker et al., Sir Thomas More
John Ford, Perkin Warbeck
Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville, The Tragedy of Gorboduc
Philip Massinger, The Roman Actor
John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, The Tragedy of Sir John van Olden Barnavelt 

Morality Plays

Anonymous, Pathomachia, or the Battle of the Affections
Nathaniel Woodes, The Conflict of Conscience

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