Italian Tragedy (Worcester's)
F. 120 (Greg I.189)
- pd at the apoyntment of thomas blackewod &
- John lewen the 7 of marche 1602 vnto mr smythe
- in earneste of & etalleyon tragedie the some of … } xxxxs
F. 120v (Greg I.190)
- pd at the a poyntment of John lowine the 12 of
- marche 1602 vnto mr smythe in fulle payment for
- his tragedie called the etallyan tragedie
- the some of … } iiijli
Henslowe purchased the play in full for Worcester's men; like other plays purchased on the eve of Queen Elizabeth's death and ensuing suspensions of playing because of plague, "The Italian Tragedy" has no recorded performances.
Tragedy (from the play title)
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
References to the Play
Greg dismissed Fleay's identification of this play with Chettle's "Orphans Tragedy" and also with John Day's "Italian Tragedy" for the Admiral's men, which he (Greg) opines is the same as the "Orphans Tragedy"(Greg II.234, Item 279).
Wiggins, ignoring Fleay's and Greg's supposings, does not comment on possible narratives for the play (#1397).
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