Located in the heart of central London, Covent Garden is famous for its markets, theatres and street performances, as well as the Royal Opera House.
It has also provided the backdrop for such films as My Fair Lady and Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy.
Greek Tragedies were performed in March and April at an annual festival in honour of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. They featured an all-male cast and made frequent use of masks.
Murders and other misfortunes, and intervention from the Greek gods to help or hinder the protagonists, were prominent themes of these tragedies.
The Jacobean tragedies, otherwise known as ‘revenge plays’, were extremely popular in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. They invariably involved a combination of murder, madness, ghostly visitations, and a catastrophe that affected everyone.
One of the most famous such tragedies is John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi.