Thomas Kyd - The Spanish Tragedy

Thomas Kyd (1558-1594)
An English playwright, Kyd is best known for his The Spanish Tragedy which was first performed in London in about 1586. The play gave rise to the genre of the revenge tragedy based on the classical Senecan model. There is the motif of the ghost, as well as the theme of revenge for the murder of a relative. In Seneca’s plays, however, violence takes place offstage and is reported to the audience by a messenger. Kyd develops the complicated plot and has all the murders and suicides taken place onstage. As a result, the stage in the final scene of The Spanish Tragedy is full of corpses.
Kyd is also thought to have written an early and now-lost version of Hamlet.

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