Suggested Plays

Anonymous, Arden of Faversham (domestic tragedy, true crime)

Anonymous, Mucedorus (romance-pastoral-comedy)

Anonymous, The Merry Devil of Edmonton (comedy, witches)

Anonymous, The Yorkshire Tragedy (domestic tragedy, true crime, attributed to “W. Shakespeare”)

Anonymous, Lust’s Dominion, or the Lascivious Queen (revenge tragedy, “Turk” play)

Anonymous, Pathomachia, or the Battle of the Affections (late “Morality” play; early modern psychology)

Anonymous, Dick of Devonshire (a sailor’s life)

Anonymous, Guy of Warwick (romance-adventure, perhaps by Ben Jonson?)

Francis Beaumont, The Knight of the Burning Pestle (metatheatrical farce)

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, The Maid’s Tragedy (a wedding and a revenge)

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, A King and No King (tragicomedy)

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Philaster (tragicomic take on Hamlet)

Richard Brome, A Jovial Crew (comedy)

Elizabeth Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam (closet drama, feminist resistance politics)

George Chapman, Bussy d’Ambois (revenge tragedy)

George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, Eastward Ho! (city comey, parody of certain tragedies)

Henry Chettle, The Tragedy of Hoffman (revenge tragedy)

Robert Daborne, A Christian Turn’d Turk (Turk play)

Samuel Daniel, Philotas (closet drama, resistance politics)

Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker’s Holiday (city comedy)

Thomas Dekker and John Webster, Westward Ho! (city comedy and satire)

Thomas Dekker and John Webster, Northward Ho! (responds to Eastward Ho!, which responsed to Westward Ho!)

Thomas Dekker, The Honest Whore Parts I and II (early city comedy)

Thomas Dekker et al., Sir Thomas More (about that More, includes a speech by Shakespeare on immigrants)

John Fletcher, The Faithful Shepherdess (famous for being the “first” tragicomedy)

John Fletcher, The Woman’s Prize (comic take on The Taming of the Shrew)

John Fletcher et al., The Bloody Brother; or Rollo, Duke of Normandy (tragedy, fratricide, vengeance)

John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, The Tragedy of Sir John van Olden Barnavelt (topical tragedy, censored)

John Ford, Perkin Warbeck (meta-history)

John Ford, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (tragedy, not unlike Romeo and Juliet but with incest)

Robert Greene, Friar Bungay and Friar Bacon (comedy, with magic)

Robert Greene, Selimus (tragedy, Tamburlaine-style, Turk play)

Fulke Greville, Mustapha (closet drama, Turk play)

Thomas Heywood, The Fair Maid of the West (comedy adventure)

Thomas Heywood, A Woman Killed with Kindness (domestic tragedy)

Thomas Heywood, The Escapes of Jupiter (the god’s love affairs)

Ben Jonson, Bartholomew Fair (the greatest of the anti-Puritan satires)

Ben Jonson, Volpone (comedy)

Ben Jonson, Sejanus (tragic history, for Roman history enthusiasts)

Ben Jonson, Every Man in his Humour (comedy, four humors)

Ben Jonson, Epicoene, or The Silent Woman (comedy, crossdressing, marriage)

Ben Jonson, The Devil is an Ass (comedy, demons)

John Lyly, Galatea (comedy with gods and nymphs)

John Lyly, Endymion, The Man in the Moon (allegorical mytho-comedy about Q. Elizabeth)

Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta (revenge tragedy/farce)

Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine Part 2 (more violent, more shocking, more Tamburlaine)

Christopher Marlowe, Edward II (tragedy/history queered)

Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe, Dido Queen of Carthage (classical farce)

Thomas Middleton, A Mad World, My Masters (city comedy)

Thomas Middleton, The Revenger’s Tragedy (revenge tragedy/allegorical farce)

Thomas Middleton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (city comedy)

Thomas Middleton, The Witch (tragicomedy, witchcraft)

Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, The Bloody Banquet (revenge tragedy, with cannibalism; horror)

Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, The Old Law (parricidal comedy)

John Marston, Antonio and Mellida and Antonio’s Revenge (revenge tragedy)

John Marston, The Dutch Courtesan (anti-Puritan social satire; marriage plots)

John Marston, The Malcontent (dark satire, courtly intrigue)

Philip Massinger, The Roman Actor (tragedy set in ancient Rome)

Philip Massinger, A New Way to Pay Old Debts (comedy of manners, great villainy)

Philip Massinger, The Renegado (tragicomedy, adventure, Turk play)

Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville, The Tragedy of Gorboduc (early historical tragedy)

George Peele, The Battle of Alcazar (Turk play)

William Rowley, Thomas Dekker, and John Ford, The Witch of Edmonton (domestic tragedy, demons)

James Shirley, The Cardinal (late Caroline revenge tragedy)

Cyril Tourneur, The Atheist’s Tragedy (self-explanatory)

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi (tragedy, werewolves, subconscious incest; horror)

John Webster, The White Devil (tragedy)

Robert Yarington, Two Lamentable Tragedies (true crime)

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