A List of English Plays

Walter Wilson Gregg, A List of English Plays Written Before 1643 And Printed Before 1700. (1900)

Gregg's work is an important early survey of the then-known plays of the seventeenth century and before.


Play References

Darius
Alexander
p. 1

ALEXANDER, William, Earl of Stirling. (1567?-1640.)

  • The Monarchick Tragedies. By William Alexander of Menstrie. V. S. for Edward Blount. 1604.
  • Contents:

    • The Tragedie of Croesus.
    • The Tragedie of Darius. G. Elde for Edward Blount. 1604.

    Darius has separate titlepage and signatures and may have been issued separately. B.M. (643. d. 1).

  • The Monarchicke Tragedies; Croesus, Darius, The Alexandraean, Iulius Caesar, Newly enlarged. By William Alexander, Gentleman of the Princes priuie Chamber. Valentine Simmes for Ed. Blount. 1607.
  • The sheets of the 1604 edition with a new titlepage and additions. Iulius Caesar has a separate titlepage, with same imprint. B.M. (1077. k. 2). Dodl. Dyce. T.C.C.

  • The Monarchicke Tragedies. The third Edition. By Sr. W. Alexander Knight. William Stansby. 1616. 8vo.
  • Darius, The Alexandraean Tragedy, and Iulius Caesar have separate titlepages with the same imprint. With a portrait, dated 1616 but unsigned. B.M. (239. d. 35). Bodl.

  • Recreations with the Muses. By William Earle of Sterline. Tho. Harper. 1637. fol.
  • Pt. I. contains the “Foure Monarchicke Tragedies.” A few copies are known with a portrait by Marshall. B.M. (644. k. 1). Bodl. Dyce. T.C.C.

  • The Tragedie of Darius. By William Alexander of Menstrie. Edinburgh, Robert Waldegraue. 1603. B.M. (643. c. 79). Bodl.

Croesus
Alexander
p. 1

ALEXANDER, William, Earl of Stirling. (1567?-1640.)

  • The Monarchick Tragedies. By William Alexander of Menstrie. V. S. for Edward Blount. 1604.
  • Contents:

    • The Tragedie of Croesus.
    • The Tragedie of Darius. G. Elde for Edward Blount. 1604.

    Darius has separate titlepage and signatures and may have been issued separately. B.M. (643. d. 1).

  • The Monarchicke Tragedies; Croesus, Darius, The Alexandraean, Iulius Caesar, Newly enlarged. By William Alexander, Gentleman of the Princes priuie Chamber. Valentine Simmes for Ed. Blount. 1607.
  • The sheets of the 1604 edition with a new titlepage and additions. Iulius Caesar has a separate titlepage, with same imprint. B.M. (1077. k. 2). Dodl. Dyce. T.C.C.

  • The Monarchicke Tragedies. The third Edition. By Sr. W. Alexander Knight. William Stansby. 1616. 8vo.
  • Darius, The Alexandraean Tragedy, and Iulius Caesar have separate titlepages with the same imprint. With a portrait, dated 1616 but unsigned. B.M. (239. d. 35). Bodl.

  • Recreations with the Muses. By William Earle of Sterline. Tho. Harper. 1637. fol.
  • Pt. I. contains the “Foure Monarchicke Tragedies.” A few copies are known with a portrait by Marshall. B.M. (644. k. 1). Bodl. Dyce. T.C.C.

The Alexandraean
Alexander
p. 1

ALEXANDER, William, Earl of Stirling. (1567?-1640.)

  • The Monarchicke Tragedies; Croesus, Darius, The Alexandraean, Iulius Caesar, Newly enlarged. By William Alexander, Gentleman of the Princes priuie Chamber. Valentine Simmes for Ed. Blount. 1607.
  • The sheets of the 1604 edition with a new titlepage and additions. Iulius Caesar has a separate titlepage, with same imprint. B.M. (1077. k. 2). Dodl. Dyce. T.C.C.

  • The Monarchicke Tragedies. The third Edition. By Sr. W. Alexander Knight. William Stansby. 1616. 8vo.
  • Darius, The Alexandraean Tragedy, and Iulius Caesar have separate titlepages with the same imprint. With a portrait, dated 1616 but unsigned. B.M. (239. d. 35). Bodl.

  • Recreations with the Muses. By William Earle of Sterline. Tho. Harper. 1637. fol.
  • Pt. I. contains the “Foure Monarchicke Tragedies.” A few copies are known with a portrait by Marshall. B.M. (644. k. 1). Bodl. Dyce. T.C.C.

  • The Tragedie of Darius. By William Alexander of Menstrie. Edinburgh, Robert Waldegraue. 1603. B.M. (643. c. 79). Bodl.

Julius Caesar
Alexander
p. 1

ALEXANDER, William, Earl of Stirling. (1567?-1640.)

  • The Monarchicke Tragedies; Croesus, Darius, The Alexandraean, Iulius Caesar, Newly enlarged. By William Alexander, Gentleman of the Princes priuie Chamber. Valentine Simmes for Ed. Blount. 1607.
  • The sheets of the 1604 edition with a new titlepage and additions. Iulius Caesar has a separate titlepage, with same imprint. B.M. (1077. k. 2). Dodl. Dyce. T.C.C.

  • The Monarchicke Tragedies. The third Edition. By Sr. W. Alexander Knight. William Stansby. 1616. 8vo.
  • Darius, The Alexandraean Tragedy, and Iulius Caesar have separate titlepages with the same imprint. With a portrait, dated 1616 but unsigned. B.M. (239. d. 35). Bodl.

  • Recreations with the Muses. By William Earle of Sterline. Tho. Harper. 1637. fol.
  • Pt. I. contains the “Foure Monarchicke Tragedies.” A few copies are known with a portrait by Marshall. B.M. (644. k. 1). Bodl. Dyce. T.C.C.

  • The Tragedie of Darius. By William Alexander of Menstrie. Edinburgh, Robert Waldegraue. 1603. B.M. (643. c. 79). Bodl.

The Weeding of Covent Garden
Brome
p. 14

Five new Playes, viz...Covent Garden Weeded.... By Richard Brome. for A. Crook and H. Brome. 1659. 8vo. Each play has a separate titlepage and imprint as follows...Covent Garden. for Andrew Crook. 1658. The collection was edited by Alexander Brome. B.M. (E. 1782 date altered by Thomason to Jan. 1658, i.e. O.S.). Bodl. Dyce.

[Another edition.] 8vo. B.M. (G. 18,536).

The Northern Lass
Brome
p. 14

BROME, Richard. (?-1652?)

The Northern Lasse, A Comoedie. As it hath beene often Acted with good Applause, at the Globe, and Black Fryers. By his Maiesties Servants. Written by Richard Brome. Aug. Mathewes sold by Nicholas Vavasour. 1632. B.M. (644. d. 31). Bodl. Dyce.

[Another edition.] As it hath been Acted with great Applause, at the Theatre-Royal. By His Majesties Servants. Written by Richard Brome. for A. Moseley. 1663. B.M.(C.57.c.31). Bodl. Dyce.

[Another edition.] As ’tis Acted at the Theatre-Royal. By Richard Brome, Gent. for D. Newman, 1684. B.M. (841. d. 7). Bodl.

Bussy D'Ambois
Chapman, d'Urfey
pp. 19-20

*Bussy D'Ambois: A Tragedie: As it hath been often presented at Paules. for William Aspley. 1607. B.M. (644 d. 41). Bodl. Dyce.

*[Another issue.] for William Aspley. 1608. The sheets of the 1607 edition re-issued with the date altered. B.M. (644. d. 41). Bodl. Dyce.

[Another edition.] 1616. See Biographia Dramatica 1812. ii. 73.

*[Bussy D'Ambois.] As it hath been often Acted with great Applause. Being much corrected and amended by the Author before his death. A.N. for Robert Lunne. 1641. B.M. (644. d. 42). Bodl. Dyce. T.C.C.

[Another issue.] T.W. for Robert Lunne. 1646. The sheets of the 1641 eition re-issued with the imprint altered. B.M. (644 d. 43).

[Another issue.] Being much corrected and amended by the Author, George Chapman, Gent. Before his death. for Joshua Kirton. 1657. The sheets of the 1641 edition again re-issued with a new titlepage. B.M. (644. d. 44).

The 1616 edition listed here likely never existed.

Charles Duke of Byron Part 1
Chapman
p. 20

The Conspiracie, And Tragedie of Charles Duke of Byron, Marshall of France. Acted lately in two playes, at the Black-Friers. Written by George Chapman. G. Eld for Thomas Thorppe. 1608. The second part has a half-title, "The Tragedie of Charles Duke of Byron. By George Chapman." B.M. (C. 30. e. 2). Bold. Dyce.

[Another edition.] Acted lately in two Playes, at the Blacke-Friers, and other publique Stages. Written by George Chapman. N. O. for Thomas Thorpe. 1625. The second part has a separate titlepage with the same imprint. B.M. (644. d. 46). Bodl. U.L.C. Dyce.

The Wars of Pompey and Caesar
Chapman
p. 21

The Warres of Pompey and Caesar. Out of whose euents is euicted this Proposition. Only a iust man is a freeman. By G. C. Thomas Harper, sold by Godfrey Emondson, and Thomas Alchorne. M.DC.XXXI. The author's name appears in full at the end of the Dedication. Bodl. Dyce.

[Another issue.] Caesar and Pompey: A Roman Tragedy, declaring their Warres. Out of whose euents is euicted this Proposition. Only a iust man is a freeman. By George Chapman. Thomas Harper sold by Godfrey Emondson and Thomas Alchorne. M.DC.XXXI. The sheets of the above issued with a different titlepage. B.M. (C. 30. e. 6). Bodl.

[Another issue.] As it was Acted at the Black-Fryers. Written by George Chapman. Printed in the Yeare 1653. By the true Copie. The sheets of the above re-issued with a new titlepage. B.M. (E. 714. (17)). Dyce. T.C.C.

A Christian Turn'd Turk
Daborne
p. 25

DABORNE, Robert. (?-1628.)

  • A Christian turn’d Turke: or, The Tragicall Liues and Deaths of the two Famous Pyrates, Ward and Dansiker. As it hath beene publickly Acted. Written by Robert Daborn, Gentleman. for William Barrenger. 1612. B.M. (644 b. 15). Bodl. U.L.C. Dyce. Huth.

The Poor Man's Comfort
Daborne
p. 25

DABORNE, Robert. (?-1628.)

  • The Poor-Mans Comfort. A Tragi-Comedy, As it was diuers times Acted at the Cock-pit in Drury lane with great applause. Written by Robert Dauborne Master of Arts. for Rob: Pollard and John Sweeting. 1655. B.M. (644. d. 61). Bodl. Dyce. Huth.

Claracilla
Killigrew
p. 59

KILLIGREW, Thomas. (1612-1683.)

The Prisoners and Claracilla. Two Tragae-Comedies. As they were presented at the Phoenix in Drury-Lane, by her Mties Servants. Written by Tho. Killigrew, Gent. T. Cotes for Andrew Crooke. 1641. 12mo. Claracilla has a separate titlepage with the same imprint. B.M. (11,773. d. 6). Bodl.

Comedies, and Tragedies. Written by Thomas Killigrew, Page of Honour to King Charles the First. And Groom of the Bed-Chamber to King Charles the Second. for Henry Herringman. 1664. Fol. This collection, with a portrait by Faithorne, consists of the following plays, each having a separate titlepage with the imprint J. M. for Henry Herringman, 1663, except the last two, which bear the date 1664...Claricilla...B.M. (C. 39. k. 4). Bodl. U.L.C. Dyce. T.C.C.

Cornelia
Kyd
p. 60

Cornelia. Iames Roberts for N. L. and Iohn Busbie. 1594. The author's name appears at the end of the play. Translated from the French of Robert Garnier. B.M. (C. 34. e). Bodl.

Pompey the Great, his faire Corneliaes Tragedie. Effected by her Father and Husbandes downe-cast, death, and fortune. Written in French, by that excellent Poet Ro: Garnier; and translated into English by Thomas Kid. for Nicholas Ling. 1595. The sheets of the 1594 edition re-issued with a new titlepage. B.M. (C. 34. e. 50). Bodl.

The Spanish Bawd
Mabbe
p. 65

MABBE, James. (1572-1642?)

*The Spanish Bawd, represented in Celestina, or the Tragicke-Comedy of Calisto and Melibea. J.B. sold by Robert Allit. 1631. Fol.

Published under the pseudonym of “Don Diego Puede-ser,” which name appears at the end of the dedicatory epistle. Translated from the Spanish of Ferdinando de Rojas. B.M. (162. m. 32). T.C.C.

Acolastus
Palsgrave
p. 84

PALSGRAVE, John. (?-I554.)

Ioannis Palsgravi Londoniensis, ecphrasis Anglica in comoediam Acolasti. ΒΆ The Comedye of Acolastus translated into oure englysshe tongue, [&c.] Interpreted by John Palsgraue. Anno. M.D.XL.

Colophon: Impress. Lond. in aedibus Tho. Berthel. regii impressoris, Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum.

Translated from the Latin of Gulielmus Fullonius. B.M. (C. 34. f. 2.)

Jack Straw
Anonymous
p. 125

The Life and Death of Iacke Straw, a notable Rebell in England: Who was kild in Smithfield by the Lord Maior of London. Iohn Danter solde by William Barley. 1593. The colophon bears the date 1594. B.M. (C. 34. b. 46).

[Another edition.] for Thomas Pauyer. 1604. Bodl.

Caesar and Pompey
Anonymous
p. 134

The Tragedie of Caesar and Pompey. Or Caesars Reuenge. Priuately acted by the students of Trinity College in Oxford. for Nathaniel Fosbrooke and Iohn Wright. 1607. B.M. (C. 34 b. 7). Bodl.

The Tragedie of Caaesar and Pompey or Caesars Reuenge. G.E. for Iohn Wright. Dyce. Devon.

The Bloody Banquet
Anonymous
p. 136

The Bloodie Banquet. A Tragedie. By T. D. Thomas Cotes. 1620. B.M. (643. c. 4).

[Another edition.] Thomas Cotes. 1639. See Hazlitt. I. 114.

The 1620 edition listed here likely never existed.

The Beauty and Good Properties of Women
Anonymous
p. 138

A new conmodye in englysh in maner Of an enterlude ryght elygant & full of craft of rethoryk / wherein is shewd & dyscrybyd as well the bewte & good propertes of women / as theyr vycys & euyll condicions / with a morall conclusion & exhortacyon to vertew.

Colophon: Johens rastell me imprimi fecit. Cum priuilegio regali. Fol. B.L. Bodl.