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Play within a play 8 years 7 months ago #1802

  • William Shakespeare
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I've compiled the following list of play bits that could be categorized as "play within a play". Are there any other options that I might have missed?

Hamlet (Mousetrap)
Midsummer (Pyramus)
LLL (Nine Worthies)
Tempest (Pageant & possibly whole play)
Shrew (Christopher Sly)
Merry Wives (Pageant in forest)
T&C (Ulysses describes others doing impersonations of generals)
Henry IV, Pt. 1 (Tavern scene)
Henry VIII (Mask vision)
Lear (Mock trial)
Macbeth (Show of 8 kings)
Cymbeline (Jupiter & ghosts)
Pericles (Dumb shows)

Any more?
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Play within a play 8 years 7 months ago #1804

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Well, personally, I think that The Mousetrap (directed at Gertrude) and The Murder of Gonzago (directed at Claudius) are two separate plays within Hamlet... but that's probably just me! :-)
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