The Spanish Tragedy

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.4 stars; 17 reviews)

The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieronimo is Mad Again is an Elizabethan tragedy written by Thomas Kyd between 1582 and 1592. Highly popular and influential in its time, The Spanish Tragedy established a new genre in English theatre, the revenge play or revenge tragedy. Its plot contains several violent murders and includes as one of its characters a personification of Revenge. The Spanish Tragedy was often referred to (or parodied) in works written by other Elizabethan playwrights, including William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Christopher Marlowe.

Many elements of The Spanish Tragedy, such as the play-within-a-play used to trap a murderer and a ghost intent on vengeance, appear in Shakespeare's Hamlet. (Thomas Kyd is frequently proposed as the author of the hypothetical Ur-Hamlet that may have been one of Shakespeare's primary sources for Hamlet.) (Summary by Wikipedia)

Ghost of Andrea, a Spanish nobleman; Hangman: MARTIN GEESON
Revenge: Availle
KING OF SPAIN: Lars Rolander
CYPRIAN DUKE OF CASTILE, his brother; ALEXANDRO, Portuguese Nobleman; BAZARDO, a Painter; Watchman 1; Citizen 1: Algy Pug
LORENZO, the Duke's son: DublinGothic
BELLIMPERIA, Lorenzo's sister; Isabella's Maid: JustineWalmsley
VICEROY OF PORTUGAL: Jason Mills Nigel Boydell
BALTHAZAR, his son: Jeff Schwab
HIERONIMO, Marshal of Spain: Amy Gramour
ISABELLA, his wife; Boy: Bev J. Stevens
HORATIO, their son: Max Körlinge
Spanish General; Deputy; Don Bazulto; Watchman 2; Citizen 2: Marty Kris

Portuguese Ambassador: Lucy Perry
VlLLUPPO, Portuguese Nobleman; Don Pedro; JACQUES, Hieronimo's servant; Watchman 3; Citizen 3: ToddHW
PEDRINGANO, Bellimperia's servant: Liberty Stump
CHRISTOPHIL, Bellimperia's custodian; Messenger: Carol Box
Lorenzo's Page: ChyAnne Donnell
SERBERINE, Balthazar's servant; Servant: Kristin Gjerløw
PEDRO, Hieronimo's servant: Peter Makus
Nobleman 1; Portingal 1: Ernst Pattynama
Nobleman 2; Portingal 2: JohnFricker
Narrator: Elizabeth Klett (2 hr 55 min)


Dramatis Personae 3:27 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 1 35:30 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 26:45 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 1:18:21 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 30:57 Read by LibriVox Volunteers