Tag: Early Modern
“I depart laughing”: Living Death in the “The Lady’s Tragedy”
Few plays explore the rich dramatic potential of living death as explicitly as Thomas Middleton’s The Lady’s Tragedy (or, The Second Maiden’s Tragedy, as the play is sometimes known), a tragedy that in the first three acts alone presents suicide, grave-robbing, defiled corpses, and ghosts. Middleton did *not* do these things by halves.
Self-harm as spectacle in “Measure for Measure” (Donmar Warehouse, 2018)
Sometimes a play can be so callous, so poorly-judged, so utterly tone-deaf that one isn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. On this occasion, however, my mind is rather made up.
Shakespeare and the Living Dead
A summary of my PhD thesis: featuring ghosts, gore, and a spooky review of Michael Boyd’s 2011 “Macbeth”…