Edward II

Christopher Marlowe

22nd August – 9th September 2017

The Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden

The King is dead. His son, Edward II, is crowned King. His first act: to call home from banishment his lover, Gaveston.

"Why would you love him who the world hates so? Because he loves me more than all the world.”

Marlowe’s homoerotic epic comes to the stage in this all-new, all-male ensemble production. Marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, this production investigates, celebrates and explores identity and sexuality.

Edward II sees our return to The Tristan Bates Theatre and The Camden Fringe after our smash hit productions of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Coriolanus and Tamburlaine.

Please note this production contains full male nudity and scenes of a sexual and violent nature.

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Written by Christopher Marlowe

Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes

"Why would you love him who the world hates so?"

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"Because he loves me more than all the world."

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Christopher Marlowe as poet and playwright was at the forefront of the 16th Century dramatic renaissance, a man to whom Shakespeare and others owe a huge debt of gratitude. He also led a full and intriguing life outside the theatre. Entangled in the outer reaches of the Elizabethan espionage web, Marlowe's life is alleged to have ended prematurely in 1593 when, at just 29, he was reportedly stabbed to death in Deptford.
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Dates 22nd August – 9th September 2017

Monday – Saturday at 8.00pm

Venue The Tristan Bates Theatre
Tickets £17.50, £15.00 concessions
Previews (22nd and 32rd August) all tickets £10

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★★★★ "An epic tale brilliantly presented"

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