The Changeling

Play

Writers: Thomas Middleton William Rowley

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
5
First Produced
1622
Genres
Drama, Tragedy
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1600s, Spain, Alicante, madhouse, estate
Cast Size
large
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Mature Audiences, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, late teen, young adult, adult, elderly characters

Synopsis

One of the finest examples of Jacobean tragedy, The Changeling explores honor and madness through its dual plots, one set in the world of nobility, and the other in a local asylum. But which is the real madhouse? Young Beatrice is in love with a visiting nobleman, Alsemero. However, her father has already arranged her marriage to Alonzo, another nobleman. Desperate to be with her love, Beatrice enlists the help of De Flores, a cunning but ugly servant, a deceptive man obsessed with her and determined to claim her virtue. While she initially resists him, Beatrice is drawn into lustful complicity with De Flores, and together they set in motion a chain of love, lust, madness, and death. The Changeling is regarded as one of the most profound tragedies to ever come from the Renaissance stage, and grips audiences long after the curtain falls.

Lead Characters