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 gay epic comes to the stage in this all-new, raw and exposing ensemble production. Marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

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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★★★★★ “This remains a visionary company who have once again brought us a stunning and thoughtful adaptation. Not to be missed.”

View from the Gods on Tamburlaine

Cast and Creative


Edward II – Luke Ward-Wilkinson

Queen Isabella – Lakesha Camock

Gaveston – Bradley Frith

Kent – Alex Zur

Mortimer – Jamie O’Neil

Mortimer Senior – Andrew Gallo

Warwick – John Slade

Lancaster – Stephen Emery

Canterbury – David Clayton

All other roles played by the company


Written by Christopher Marlowe

Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes

Designed by Sorcha Corcoran

Costume Design by Cristiano Casimiro

Lighting Design by Ben Jacobs

Sound Design by Jack Barton

Dramaturge – Sara Reimers 

Stage Manager – Charlotte R L Cooper

Assistant Director – Dinos Psychogios

Company Photographer – Adam Trigg

Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston

Associate Producer – Gavin Harrington-Odedra

Edward II in rehearsal...

★★★★★ “A landmark production for a ground-breaking company. Dynamic, daring, and downright deranged, Lazarus pump new energy and zeal into the infamous 'Tis a Pity She’s a Whore”

Grumpy Gay Critic on ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore

Edward II Post Show Q&A...

How pertinent is Marlowe’s classic as we reach this milestone year in British history? How far have we come in gay rights? How far do we still have to go? How has and does theatre play a part?

Join Terri Paddock along with our Artistic Director Ricky Dukes and an expert panel for our post show Q&A on Thursday 31st August.

The Post Show Q&A is free to all ticket holders of that evenings performance. To book click here.

Box Office

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 23rd August) all tickets £10

Run time 90 mins with no interval

Age recommendation 16+

To Book Click Here

★★★★ “An Excellent Ensemble... Quite Breathtaking... Wonderfully Inventive”

 Fringe Review on Dido Queen of Carthage

Marlowe... the man, the spy, the playwright... 

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.

To find out more about Christopher Marlowe or to join the Marlowe Society then click here. 

★★★★Electrifyingly Staged... A striking and rewarding climax... 

Staged by the London Fringe masters of the classics”

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Edward II in the press

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"Why would you love him who 

the world hates so? 

Because he loves me more than 

all the world.”

Proudly supported by and in association with... 

The Camden Fringe

The Tristan Bates Theatre

Terri Paddock

The Greenwich Theatre

★★★★ “Marlowe's irresistible cocktail of power, political intrigue… Captures the energy and epic scope of Marlowe’s game-changing play”

Female Arts on Tamburlaine