- Stanley Wells
Tragedies were immensely popular at the time Shakespeare came on the theatrical scene. The brightest star among Shakespeare’s early contemporaries was Christopher Marlowe, a prolific dramatist who had a seminal influence on his contemporaries and successors. Shakespeare also learnt much from the less prolific Thomas Kyd. ‘Tragedies on the stages of Shakespeare’s time’ explains that the form and style of Shakespeare’s plays were determined partly by the physical conditions of the playhouses within which they were to be acted; the nature of the companies that performed them; the conventions of dramatic presentation at the time; and to a lesser extent the expectations of those who went to see them.