Italian Tragedy (Admiral's)

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John Day (1600)

Historical Records

Payments to Playwrights (Henslowe's Diary)

F. 67 (Greg I.117)

Lent vnto John daye the 10 of Jenewary
1599 in earnest of his Boocke called the
etalyan tragedie of [blank] the some of ... xxxs
at the apoyntment of Robart shawe

Theatrical Provenance

The Admiral's Men paid John Day £2 in January 1600 toward "The Italian Tragedy," which apparently was not finished under that title. The company was playing at the Rose in January, anticipating a move to the Fortune by the end of the year.

Probable Genre(s)


Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

None known.

References to the Play

None known.

Critical Commentary

Greg identifies the play with "The Orphans Tragedy" without explanation; he thinks it has no connection to a play by the same title written by Wentworth Smith and acquired by Worcester's Men in 1603 (II. 210 Item # 193).

For What It's Worth

Works Cited

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