The Spanish Tragedy
April 11 - 21, 2024
Wildcard Wednesday (VU Community Only): April 10
Opening Night: April 11 | Speaker's Series: April 14 | Drinks with the Dramaturg:April 19
RUN TIME: two and a half hours, one intermission.
All Performances at 8pm except Sunday 2pm
by Thomas Kyd
directed by Chelsea Phillips and Alice Dailey
Before Game of Thrones, before Kill Bill, before Carrie – even before Hamlet – there was The Spanish Tragedy, the great-granddaddy of modern revenge tales. Deprived of justice for the murder of his son, the loyal courtier Hieronimo abandons legal redress and, joined by the canny and resolute Bel-Imperia, sets out to seek blood for blood. With its intricate plotting and bold theatricality, Thomas Kyd’s timeless tragedy speaks to our present moment with its unflinching look at judicial inequity, legacies of violence and the all-too-persistent seduction of vengeance.
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