Middleton on Shakespeare: The Revenger's Tragedy

Pre-Show Talk by Peter Kirwan

Monday 31 October 2016 at 6:30pm

Ustinov Room - Tickets: FREE, reserve in advance.


From its iconic opening image of a young man holding a skull, The Revenger’s Tragedy directly references Shakespeare. But is this a tribute to Hamlet, or a parody?

This bloody, funny, gripping play was anonymous for years, but recent scholarship agrees that it is by Thomas Middleton, the acclaimed writer who excelled in as many genres as Shakespeare himself, and who probably even contributed to the surviving texts of Macbeth and Measure for Measure.

This talk looks at the rise in Middleton’s fame, the resurrection of The Revenger’s Tragedy from anonymity, and the play’s excitingly fresh spin both on Shakespeare’s work and on the revenge tragedy genre.

Pre-Show Talk by Peter Kirwan

Associate Professor in Early Modern Drama
University of Nottingham

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Middleton on Shakespeare: The Revenger's Tragedy - Mon 31 Oct 6:30pm Mon 31 Oct Ustinov Room 6:30pm FREE

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