Jacobean period is also popular for the tragedy plays produced by the playwrights of this period. During Jacobean era, tragedy as a genre of play was fully developed. Tragedies had dark mood to the drama. Some of the popular tragedies were written by play
1) William Shakespeare
He primarily belonged to the Elizabethan era, but most of his popular work was written during the Jacobean period. He was a writer, poet and even an actor. Shakespeare is known to have written his plays in verses. Popular tragedy plays King Lear and Macbeth were written during this time. Shakespeare was also known to have invented several words and phrases that are used today in our everyday communication.
2) John Webster’s tragedy
He wrote plays during the same time as Shakespeare. His best work includes tragedies like The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi.
He also wrote a tragicomedy titled The Devil’s Law Case.
3) Tragedies by Thomas Middleton
He was considered to be one of the best playwrights of this time. His comedy and tragedy were well appreciated. ‘The Challenging’, ‘Women Beware Women’, ‘A Yorkshire Tragedy’, ‘Timon of Athens’ were well appreciated tragedy plays. He wrote tragicomedies like ‘A Fair Quarrel’, ‘The Old Law’, ‘No Wit, No Help Like a Women’s’. He even wrote a play based on Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.
5) Thomas Kyd’s famous tragedy
He wrote revenge tragedy titled ‘The Spanish Tragedy’.