The first was the innovation of tragicomedy initiated by John Fletcher and developed in the early Beaumont and Fletcher collaborations.
The Blackfriars was small in comparison to the earlier theatres, and roofed rather than open to the sky; it resembled a modern theatre in ways that its predecessors did not.
Tragic incident, but the ending is happy. Canonical plays[ edit ] Except where noted, the plays below are listed, for the thirty-six plays included in the First Folio ofaccording to the order in which they appear there, with two plays that were not included Pericles, Prince of Tyre and The Two Noble Kinsmen being added at the end of the list of comedies and Edward III at the end of the list of histories.
The romances are so called because they bear similarities to medieval romance literature. The shadows in human emotions are usually minor in the comedies: they are such things as misunderstandings, playful deceptions and so on. They are suffused with a bittersweet mood that seems eloquently appropriate to a writer who has explored with such unsparing honesty the depths of human suffering and degradation in the great tragedies.
Keep in mind that some of these plays are not set exclusively in Italy. Pericles, his another famous play deals with the themes of religion, death, resurrection, ritual purification and the redemptive power of innocence.
Shakespeare did not write any plays that would be classified as a farce, although The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew come close. Style[ edit ] During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, "drama became the ideal means to capture and convey the diverse interests of the time.
D G James believed that Shakespeare ran out of poetic energy as he got older. What Marlowe and Kyd did for tragedy, John Lyly and George Peeleamong others, did for comedy: they offered models of witty dialogue, romantic action, and exotic, often pastoral location that formed the basis of Shakespeare's comedic mode throughout his career.