A compilation of the most romantic plays of all time would be gravely lacking if it did not contain Shakespearean plays. Romeo and Juliet, a play by Shakespeare, would top the list for any person who has read the book. It is a story of young love and of passion that develops between two people. This is despite familial differences that have root generations before the play is written. This play derives its attraction not only from the way in which the characters were portrayed during the play but from the tragic end that befell the two. The Winter’s Tale is another of the classic plays where the jealousy of a husband gives rise to a series of tragedies that make him lose his entire family. Even though it presents certain levels of comedy, there are very many depictions of romance throughout the entire play.
Troilus and Cressida is an early romantic classic play depicting the lives of the Greeks and the Trojans. Despite the fact that the writing in this play is somewhat upsetting at various levels, its depictions of romance are quite strong. Even though this play has been considered one of Shakespeare’s tragic plays, it also has a romantic twist. It is even considered that this very love is the center of tragedy within the entire play. Much Ado About Nothing is considered a comical romantic play. It hedges on deception and treachery at a time when it was unheard of to betray a loved one. The characters in the play are deceived into believing that their loves ones are betraying them. However, the play comes to a romantic end when these characters end up happily married.
Twelfth Night is another romantic play with comical aspects relating to the quest for one woman’s love. The main character, Olivia, after being shipwrecked and stranded, assumes the character of a man. Through this character, she joins the service of a Duke who falls in love with her. The Taming of the Shrew is a romantic play that centers on the ability of one man to control the actions and feelings of another woman. Katherina who is being pursued by Petruchio is initially unwilling to be a participant in the relationship. She eventually gives in and becomes his wife in a play considered to be exemplary of a battle of the sexes.
Moving away from Shakespearean works, other more notable plays involved Charlotte Bronte. Her most striking works, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice have been adapted into plays. Pride and Prejudice revolves around marriage and the high regard with which it was held at the time. The constant need for women to find worthy and well off husbands takes center stage throughout the entire play. The Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is another romantic play by Tennessee Williams that revolves around a family’s deceptive tactics. Issues such as homosexuality and a strained marriage emerge as a young woman tries to desperately save her marriage and family wealth. Despite varying themes during the first acts of the play, it ends with reconciliation and subtle romance between the main characters.