Best Historical / Biographical Plays and Musicals

List great plays and musicals that are based on historical events and/or the lives of people who have "made history." Limit selections to works in which the names of important figures and places have NOT been changed. Please do not add veiled biographies /autobiographies.
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66 books · 29 voters · list created February 12th, 2010 by Reese (votes) .
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Reese 1107 books
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ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔ 3486 books
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 546 books
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Libby 10282 books
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Bibliotheque 114 books
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Thom 6023 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3263 books
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Barbara 4107 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed, for not being plays:

Poison in the Blood: The Memoirs of Lucrezia Borgia
The Marlowe Conspiracy


message 2: by Kenneth (new)

Kenneth Lafave Please note: The Lion in Winter was written by James Goldman, not William Goldman.


message 3: by Reese (new)

Reese You are correct, of course. I don't know if the error has to be corrected by a GR Librarian.


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