Introduction - The play and the image displayed in the picture This section is dedicated to Troilus and Cressida, the play by William Shakespeare. The picture is 18th century and image displayed represents the essence of the play which, we hope, will bring to life a famous scene or character from the play. The information provided in this section of william-shakespeare.info includes famous quotes / quotations from Troilus and Cressida, summary of the plot or story, facts about the play, a list of the cast and characters and access to the full text - script of the play Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare.
Summary of the plot or story The setting for the story is the long running Trojan War. Troilus, a brother of Paris, falls in love with Cressida. She loves him, too, but plays hard to get. The plot covers the heroes from Greek mythology including Ulysses, Achilles and Ajax and their plans to try to end the war. Themes cover betrayal and jealousy.
Information provided about the play William Shakespeare never published any of his plays and therefore none of the original manuscripts have survived. Eighteen unauthorised versions of his plays were, however, published during his lifetime in quarto editions by unscrupulous publishers (there were no copyright laws protecting Shakespeare and his works during the Elizabethan era). A collection of his works did not appear until 1623 (a full seven years after Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616) when two of his fellow actors, John Hemminges and Henry Condell, posthumously recorded his work and published 36 of Williamís plays in the First Folio. Some dates are therefore approximate other dates are substantiated by historical events, records of performances and the dates plays appeared in print.
Date first performed First Recorded production of Troilus and Cressida was February 7 1604. In the Elizabethan era there was a huge demand for new entertainment and the work would have been produced immediately following the completion of the play.
Date first printed It is believed that the play was first printed in 1609. As William Shakespeare clearly did not want his work published details of the play would have therefore been noted, and often pirated without his consent, following a performance.
The settings for the drama The settings for Troilus and Cressida are Ancient Troy
Theme of the play The play is categorised as a Tragedy (but it is also a dark comedy)
Number of words in the script The number of words in Troilus and Cressida, according to the Complete Public Domain Text is 27,629
Most important characters The most important characters in Troilus and Cressida are: Priam, Troilus and Cressida
Famous Quotes / Quotations The quotes from the play are amongst Shakespeare's most famous including 'The common curse of mankind'. Details of this famous quote follows, complete with information regarding the Act and the Scene, allowing a quick reference to the section of the play that this quotation can be found in. Please click here for the full text of the script of the play.
"The common curse of mankind, - folly and ignorance". Troilus and Cressida (Act II, Scene III).
History of the play Many of the major characters are taken from the legends in Greek Mythology
William Shakespeare's Main Source Shakespeare probably found inspiration for Troilus and Cressida from Greek mythology and the works of Homer and Geoffrey Chaucer
The Cast and Characters Click the link at the top of the page to access a list of all the cast and characters.
Troilus and Cressida the play by William Shakespeare