John Marston, Antonio's Revenge

Rebecca Yearling (University of Keele)
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Antonio’s Revenge

, the sequel to John Marston’s romantic comedy

Antonio and Mellida

(c. 1599), is a revenge tragedy, written for the boy actors of the St Paul’s theatre company in London in around 1600-1601.

Antonio and Mellida

told the story of two lovers kept apart by the hatred of Mellida’s father, the wicked Piero, Duke of Genoa, for Antonio’s father, the noble Andrugio, Duke of Venice. The play ended with Piero repenting his malice and proclaiming new love and friendship for Andrugio and Antonio, sharing a toast with them.

Antonio’s Revenge

picks up the action the following morning. Piero enters at the play’s opening, covered in blood, to announce that his previous repentance was only feigned: he dropped a slow-acting poison into the cup that he gave Andrugio for their…

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Citation: Yearling, Rebecca. "Antonio's Revenge". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 September 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=20335, accessed 14 July 2024.]

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