Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term dramatic irony.

On dramatic irony’s official page, we define the term as “a situation in which the audience knows more contextual information about a scene than the characters do.” But now we want to know what the term dramatic irony means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Can you think of an example of dramatic irony? Which show and what happened?

— What’s your favorite use of dramatic irony in a Shakespeare play?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term dramatic irony, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor