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Mohs Scale Of Violence Hardness / Theatre

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The Mohs Scale of Violence Hardness as applied to theatrical works, such as plays, musicals and operas. It should be noted that the rating of many of the works listed below can vary somewhat from production to production, depending on how specific the author's stage directions are.

In general, an act of violence committed offstage but shown afterwards (e.g. a freshly-killed corpse, a severed body part or a victim with visible fresh wounds or mutilations appearing on the stage) will rank a level lower than if the atrocity were committed onstage; if not shown afterwards but heard via screams or other sounds, it will be a level or two lower still. A committed or attempted violent act will rank at least one level higher if the victim is a child.


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    Level 0 

    Level 1 

    Level 2 
  • Agamemnon note 
  • Antigone note 
  • Arsenic and Old Lace note 
  • Cavalleria Rusticana note 
  • Electra note 
  • The Libation Bearers note 
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor note 
  • Der Rosenkavalier note 
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen note 
  • The Women of Trachis note 

    Level 3 
  • Assassins note 
  • Carmen note 
  • Cyrano de Bergerac note 
  • Der Freischutz note 
  • Lohengrin note 
  • Hamilton note 
  • Madame Butterfly note 
  • The Magic Flute note 
  • Medea note 
  • Pagliacci note 
  • The Playboy of the Western World note 
  • The Play That Goes Wrong note 
  • Romeo and Juliet note 
  • The Tempest note 
  • Troilus and Cressida note 
  • The Winter's Tale note 
  • The Wizard of Oz note 
  • West Side Story note 

    Level 4 
  • Coriolanus note 
  • Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc) note 
  • Don Giovanni note 
  • Faust note 
  • Julius Caesar note 
  • Little Shop of Horrors note 
  • Les Misérables note 
  • Miss Saigon note 
  • Oliver! note 
  • Othello note 
  • A Streetcar Named Desire note 
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona note 

    Level 5 
  • Amadeus note 
  • Antony and Cleopatra note 
  • The Book of Mormon note 
  • Dog Sees God note 
  • Hamlet note 
  • Henry VI Part 3 note 
  • The Jew of Malta note 
  • La Juive (Fromental Halévy) note 
  • Lucia Di Lammermoor note 
  • Lulu (Alban Berg) note 
  • Porgy and Bess note 
  • Richard III note 
  • Tristan and Isolde note 

    Level 6 
  • Cymbeline note 
  • Doctor Faustus note 
  • The Duchess of Malfi note 
  • Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (Béla Bartók) note 
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Childnote 
  • Henry VI Part 2 note 
  • King John note 
  • The Rocky Horror Show note 
  • Tamburlaine note 
  • Tosca note 
  • Turandot note 

    Level 7 
  • The Changeling (Middleton and Rowley) note 
  • The Insatiable Countess (John Marston) note 
  • Macbeth note 
  • The Massacre at Paris (Marlowe) note 
  • Oedipus Rex note 
  • The Revenger's Tragedy note 
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street note 
  • 'Tis Pity She's a Whore note 

    Level 8 
  • Antonio's Revenge (John Marston) note 
  • Edward II note 
  • John van Olden Barnavelt (John Fletcher) note 
  • King Lear note 
  • The Spanish Tragedy note 

    Level 9 
  • Phaedra's Love (Sarah Kane) note 
  • Selimus (Robert Greene) note 
  • Titus Andronicus note 

    Level 10 
  • Blasted (Sarah Kane) note 
  • Cleansed (Sarah Kane) note 


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