The Revenger's Tragedy
The Revenger's Tragedy (1607) shows a brilliant court culture against a sombre background; although fashionably Italianate in appearance, the play is concerned with substantial issues in the Britain of King James I. The new king's court became notorious for luxuriousness, spectacular masques and torchlight revels; and poets and playwrights attacked the rumoured sexual and...more
Vindice, seeking revenge for the death of his betrothed who has been poisoned by the lascivious Duke she spurned, enlists the aid of his brother Hyppolito, dons a disreputable pimpalicious disguise, and eventually destroys the corrupt world he inhabits together with what little was left of his own innocence.
Unlike the works of that universal genius Shakespeare, this play--which most modern scholars attribute to Thomas Middleton--could never be mistaken for a modern drama, for it is concerned ne...more
Originally published anonymously, The Revenger's Tragedy was attributed to Tourneur later in the seventeenth century - but as part of a list of plays others of which were linked to the wrong authors. It is today apparently considered to be by John Middleton, but nobody can really know. Anonymous publication was not particularly uncommon, and the play has political nuances which may provide a motivation for the author to hide their identity.
A brilliantly dark and apocalyptic vision, the product of twisted genius. No tragedy is complete without revenge, and this is the most perfect expr...more
I have to say I feel the film does manage to get the best parts of the play in as well as editing some of the parts that drag. (Much of Vindici’s opening monologue is placed throughout the first act of the film).
I would recommend you have an interest in dark comedy and have tolerance for Jacobian dialogue.
I have to say old Vini is in my “Top Ten Characters Who Monolog...more
The Revenger's Tragedy begins with Vindice vowing vengeance to a skull that he is holding. The evil and cuckold duke has wronged Vindice and so he goes in disguise in order to get his vengeance. Revenge quickly turns into a disaster where the line between right and wrong is traversed. In between are a mother selling her daughters chastity, a son being wrongfully executed, and a kiss from a poisoned skull.
This play is slightl...more
It can be said that this play is like a version of Hamlet that started in the graveyard, where all the brooding, melancholy back & forth of Hamlet's earlier character disappeared, and we are left only with his revenging ghost persona.
The Alex Cox film adaptation of this play is a bit odd and not quite as good as reading the play. But it's an interesting companion piece.
Now how is that for a heady review!
There is lots of humor, disguises, backstabbing, and gore in this crazy play. Its definitely worth a read. After reading, watch the 2003 movie version. Its a very interesting depiction of the play. Costumes, language, acting, all put a very strange twist on the play that is both funny and weird.