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Forthcoming Productions: Lazarus Theatre Company's Edward II in London (22 Aug–09 Sep 2017) | Dido, Queen of Carthage at The RSC (15 Sep-28 Oct 2017) | The Rose: Latest News | Globe 2017-18: Outdoor Theatre & Indoor Playhouse

Past Productions: Tamburlaine in London, Oxford, Colchester & Birmingham (2017) | Edward II in Cambridge (2017) | Doctor Faustus in Camden, London (2017) | Edward II in Oxford (2017) | Doctor Faustus in Atlanta (2017) | Doctor Faustus by Theatrical Niche UK Tour (2016) | Doctor Faustus at The Barbican, London (2016) | Doctor Faustus at The RSC (2016) | Doctor Faustus at Glasgow Botanic Gardens (2016) | Doctor Faustus at The Duke of York, London (2016) | OP Doctor Faustus at The Globe (2016) | The Marlowe Papers in Brighton (2016) | The Jew of Malta at the RSC (2015) | Tamburlaine in London (2015) | Dr Faustus in New York (2015) | Edward II at St. Bartholomew the Great, London (2015) | Dr Faustus at the ASC (2015) | Dido, Queen of Carthage at Globe Indoor Playhouse (2015) | The Dead Shepherd in London (2015) | Tamburlaine by Fourth Monkey in London (2015) | Edward II at the ASC (2014) | Tamburlaine in New York (2014) | Doctor Faustus in LA (2014) | The Massacre at Paris at The Rose (2014) | Canterbury Marlowe450: Doctor Faustus at The Marlowe Theatre; The Massacre at Paris in Canterbury Cathedral; Jew of Malta at The Marlowe Theatre (all 2014) | Doctor Faustus at The Rose (2014) | Doctor Faustus in Houston, TX (2014) | Cambridge Marlowe 450 Festival: Doctor Faustus (2014); Dido, Queen of Carthage (2013) | Edward II at the National Theatre, London (2013) | Dido, Queen of Carthage in Greenwich (2013) | Dr Faustus in Glasgow (2013) | Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Rose (2013) | Dr Faustus in Leeds (2013) | Tamburlaine at the ASC(2011) | Edward II in Manchester (2011) | Dr Faustus at The Globe (2011) | Dr Faustus at The Rose (2011) | Edward II at The Rose (2011) | Dr Faustus in Manchester (2010) | Dr Faustus in Greenwich (2009) | Dido, Queen of Carthage at the National Theatre, London (2009) | Edward II at BAC (2008)

Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming Events
Lazarus Theatre Co presents Edward II at The Tristan Bates Theatre, London - Tuesday 22 August to Saturday 09 September 2017

Lazarus Theatre Co presents Edward II in Covent Garden, London

  • Dates: Tuesday 22 August to Saturday 09 September 2015.
  • Performance Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm.
  • Venue: Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NP [Map].
  • Nearest Tube: Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly lines) or Covent Garden (Piccadilly line).
  • Ticket Prices: £17.50 | £15 concessions | £10 pp for groups (8+). Previews £10 (22-23 August).
  • Buy tickets: Book online or ring the Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office on 020-3841-6611.
  • Summary: The Lazarus Theatre Company presents Edward II by Christopher Marlowe, adapted and directed by Ricky Dukes, with Luke Ward-Wilkinson as King Edward, Lakesha Camock as Queen Isabella, and Bradley Frith as Gaveston. "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 ensemble production. Marking 50 years since the start of 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."
  • Website Links: The Lazarus Theatre Company presents Edward II at the Tristan Bates Theatre.
Dido, Queen of Carthage at RSC Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon - Friday 15 September to Sunday 28 October 2017

Dido, Queen of Carthage at RSC Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon

  • Dates: Friday 15 September to Sunday 28 October 2017 (not continuous).
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 7.30pm; Matinees on various days at 1.30pm.
  • Venue: The Swan Theatre, RSC, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB [Map & Directions].
  • Ticket Prices: £16-£47.50; £5 for 16-25 year olds. Reduced price previews 15-18 Sep.
  • Buy Tickets: Book online or ring the RSC Box Office on 01789-403493.
  • Summary: "Aeneas is a refugee in exile, fleeing a war-torn Troy and seeking new roots in Europe. Shipwrecked in Carthage, the meddling gods intervene; they fill Queen Dido with all-consuming love for Aeneas. In Marlowe's unsettling tale of sacrifice, the lovers must decide whether to follow their hearts or fulfil their political destinies. Dido, overwhelmed with passion, is propelled to her terrifying final act. Director Kimberley Sykes (Associate Director, A Midsummer Night's Dream tour 2016) delves into Marlowe's darkly humorous politics of identity and passion and happiness, creating an urgent world where gods meet man, East meets West, sea meets land and fate hangs by an unforgiving thread."
  • Further Reading: See our Overview of Dido, Queen of Carthage.
  • Website Links: The RSC presents Dido, Queen of Carthage.
2017 Summer of Lover Season at Shakespeare's Globe

Summer of Love: Globe 2017 Outdoor Theatre Season

2017-18 Season at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Sam Wanamaker Indoor Playhouse at The Globe (2017-18)

  • Venue: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT. [Map & Directions]
  • Box Office: 020-7401-9919. General Enquiries: See Frequently Asked Questions or ring 020-7902-1400.
  • Tickets: Tickets (priced £10 fixed standing position, up to £60 premium) on sale online and at the Box Office.
  • Summary: The Globe's new candle-lit indoor playhouse opened its doors on 09 January 2014 with John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi (also filmed and shown on BBC4) and continues to host stimulating productions, candlelit concerts and other live music events throughout the year in a close and atmospheric venue.
  • Summer/Autumn 2017 Season:
    Festival of Independence: a wide range of performances and events celebrating independent theatre, music, poetry, comedy and dance (21 Jun - 21 Sept 2017)
  • Winter 2017-18 Season:
    Romantics Anonymous: a musical adapted by Emma Rice (20 Oct 2017 – 06 Jan 2018)
    The Secret Theatre (The Dark Arts of Elizabeth's Spymaster) by Anders Lustgarten (16 Nov – 16 Dec 2017)
    Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born - Meow Meow Christmas Show (20 – 31 Dec 2017)
    All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (11 Jan – 03 Mar 2018)
    The Captive Queen - John Dryden's 1675 drama Aureng-zebe reimagined (02 Feb – 04 Mar 2018)
    The Four Seasons - Vivaldi's concerti reimagined with puppetry (09 Mar – 21 Apr 2018)
    The Little Matchgirl and other happier Hans Christian Andersen tales (27 Mar – 21 Apr 2018)
  • Website Links: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe. The Globe on Facebook & Twitter.

 

Past Events

Past Events

*Note that these productions have already finished, but the links and reviews may still be of interest.

Yellow Earth Theatre presents Tamburlaine on tour in Spring 2017

Tamburlaine by Yellow Earth Theatre

  • Production: Yellow Earth Theatre presents Tamburlaine in London, Oxford, Colchester & Birmingham
  • London: 15 Mar-08 Apr at Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL [Info|Tickets|Directions]
  • Oxford: 13-15 Apr at the Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ [Info|Tickets|Directions]
  • Colchester: 19-20 Apr at Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT [Info|Tickets|Directions]
  • Birmingham: 21 Apr at the Old Rep Theatre, Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY [Info|Tickets|Directions]
  • Reviews: Guardian; Times(£); Peter Kirwan (Bardathon); TimeOut; TheStage; WhatsOnStage; BritishTheatreGuide; LondonTheatre1; ThePlaysTheThing; Exuent.
  • Video: Trailer for Tamburlaine at YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Summary: Yellow Earth Theatre presents Tamburlaine written by Christopher Marlowe, adapted and directed by Ng Choon Ping, with Lourdes Faberes as Tamburlaine. "Ambition. Subjugation. Immortality. Yellow Earth Theatre presents Christopher Marlowe's thrilling, controversial, and compelling masterpiece Tamburlaine. The story of a lowly shepherd who rises to power and conquers half the world through sheer brutality and self-belief. Presented by a mostly female British East Asian cast in a startling new adaptation, it calls into question the nature of masculinity and violence. What makes a king? What makes a father? What makes a man? In the modern world, where retaliatory air strikes are applauded as strength, where social justice is a luxury that must give way to economic expansion, where much of the devastation in the Middle East is a legacy of Western imperialism – Marlowe holds up a mirror to reveal our deepest and darkest desires, and asks whether art should comfort or disrupt. In an age when Trump can become leader of the free world, conflict rages across the Middle East, Europe is increasingly divided and a new power from the East asserts its growing dominance, Marlowe's classic takes on a new urgency and relevance for our time."
  • Website Links: Yellow Earth Theatre presents Tamburlaine.
Edward II at the Cambridge Arts Theatre - Wednesday 08 February to Saturday 11 February 2017

Edward II at Cambridge Arts Theatre

  • Dates: Wednesday 08 February to Saturday 11 February 2017
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 7.45pm; Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.
  • Venue: Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ [Travel Directions & Map]
  • Ticket Prices: £28 | £23 | £18 | Students £12.50.
  • Review: Varsity. Preview: Cambridge Independent.
  • Summary: "All live to die and rise to fall". Edward II lives in the shadow of his father, who conquered Wales and waged war to annex Scotland. But can Edward follow his father's legacy? The nobles of England think not. The King would seem preoccupied in rewarding his male favourites, including the hated Piers Gaveston, than tackling problems at home and abroad. The time has come for Edward to take the lead, but how will he respond when his own wife, together with the senior magnates, act to bring down the King's circle of flatterers and favourites? And what will the consequences be for the King's son and heir? Christopher Marlowe’s gripping drama of deceit and responsibility is brought vividly to life by the Marlowe Society, Cambridge University's leading drama society. The Marlowe Society return to Cambridge Arts Theatre after their recent acclaimed productions of Measure for Measure and Doctor Faustus; it has been responsible for launching the careers of some of Britain’s greatest actors including Ian McKellen, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Derek Jacobi.
  • Website Links: Cambridge Marlowe Society presents Edward II at Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Doctor Faustus at Theatro Technis - Tuesday 31 January to Saturday 04 February 2017

Doctor Faustus in Camden, London

  • Dates: Tuesday 31 January to Saturday 04 February 2017.
  • Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm; Saturday matinee at 3pm.
  • Venue: Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, Camden, London NW1 1TT [Map].
  • Nearest Tube: Mornington Crescent (Northern Line).
  • Ticket Prices: Advance: £12 Standard | £11 Concessions | £10 Members. On door: add £2.
  • Reviews: TheatreThings; WhatsHotLondon.
  • Summary: The Tower Theatre Company presents Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe directed by Lucy Bloxham, with Jonathon Cooper as Faustus and Robert Reeve as Mephistopheles. " Frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science, Doctor Faustus searches for a deeper understanding of the universe ... along with the fame and power that this will bring. Summoning Mephistopheles - Lucifer's own servant - he makes a pact with the Devil: twenty-four years of absolute knowledge in exchange for his soul. Can Man overcome the curse of Original Sin? And is absolute power inevitably corrupting?"
  • Website Links: The Tower Theatre Company presents Doctor Faustus at Theatro Technis.
Edward II at the Oxford Playhouse - Wednesday 25 January to Saturday 28 January 2017

Edward II at the Oxford Playhouse

  • Dates: Wednesday 25 January to Saturday 28 January 2017.
  • Performance Times: Weds, Thurs, Sat evenings at 7.30pm; Fri evening at 8pm; Thurs & Sat matinees at 2.30pm.
  • Venue: Oxford Playhouse, 11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW [Map, Directions & Parking].
  • Ticket Prices: £11.50 - £19.00 with concessions for students, benefits, under-18s, over-60s, disabled.
  • Reviews: Oxford Times; TheatreWorld; DailyInfo; OxStu: Review | Interview.
  • Summary: Drame Fatale (a student company at the University of Oxford) present Edward II at the Oxford Playhouse. "England. The King is dead and his son, Edward II, now sits on the throne, full of radical ideas and driven by a forbidden passion. Torn between his wife, the powerful nobles and his banished lover, Piers Gaveston, Edward is a King caught between love and leadership. Taking inspiration from the tensions created by the fall of the USSR, this production interrogates the relationship between private and public, personal and political. It explores a world where battles are fought behind closed doors and where betrayal is everywhere."
  • Website Links: Drame Fatale presents Edward II at the Oxford Playhouse.
Doctor Faustus at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, Atlanta - Saturday 07 January to Sunday 29 January 2017

Doctor Faustus at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, Atlanta

  • Dates: Saturday 07 January to Sunday 29 January 2017.
  • Performance Times: Thursday 7.30pm; Friday/Saturday 7.30pm and 11.00pm; Sunday 6.30pm.
  • Venue: The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, 499 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta GA 30308 [Directions & Parking]
  • Ticket Prices: $23 to $39 (various concessions).
  • Reviews: AtlantaInTown; TheaterReview.
  • Summary: "This is the story of a man whose insatiable thirst for knowledge leads him to the black arts through which he discovers the sensual world of indulgence, devils and temptation beyond imagining. And for this world he barters his immortal soul. This Doctor Faustus will be unlike any play you have ever seen. Running only ninety minutes, it will be played by two actors without intermission. The audience will be seated on stage and around the Tavern. The play itself, done in ritual form, will be enacted in the center of the space."
  • Website Links: Doctor Faustus at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.
Theatrical Niche presents Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe at Kentwell Hall, Suffolk on Saturday 24 September at 7.30pm

Theatrical Niche presents Doctor Faustus UK Tour

Doctor Faustus at The Barbican, London - Wednesday 07 September to Saturday 01 October 2016

The RSC presents Doctor Faustus at the Barbican, London

  • Dates: Wednesday 07 Sept to Saturday 01 Oct 2016 (not continuous). Post-show Talk: Tuesday 27 Sept.
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 7.15pm (7pm on Tues 13 Sept); Matinees some Thurs/Sats at 1.30pm.
  • Venue: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS [Map & Directions]. Tube: Barbican or Moorgate.
  • Ticket Prices: £10-£55 plus booking fee (see full price information).
  • Reviews: Time Out; BroadwayWorld; Telegraph; LondonTheatre.co.uk; TheArtsDesk; British Theatre Guide; GayStarNews. See also Stratford Reviews.
  • Summary: "Two actors enter. Each lights a match and watches it burn. Whoever's goes out first 'loses' and must play the fated doctor, while the other plays the demon Mephistophilis, in this notorious tale of vanity, greed and damnation. Faustus is a solitary scholar who has exhausted the confines of human knowledge. Frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science, he is desperate for a deeper understanding of the universe – and the fame it will bring. Risking everything, he conjures Mephistophilis and asks him to strike a deal with Lucifer. Twenty-four years of absolute knowledge in exchange for his soul. Transferring to London following its successful run at the Royal Shakespeare Company's home in Stratford-upon-Avon, Maria Aberg's punchy production updates Marlowe for our times with ritual, cabaret and carnival. Bristling 'with originality and vision' (Stage), it sees Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan share the roles of the doctor and the demon. Who will play Faustus when you see it?"
  • Website Links: The RSC presents Dr Faustus at The Barbican : Cast | Trailer | Plot | Director's Talk | Photos
Doctor Faustus at RSC Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon - Thursday 04 February to Thursday 04 August 2016

Doctor Faustus at RSC Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon

  • Dates: Thursday 04 February to Thursday 04 August 2016 (not continuous).
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 7.30pm; Matinees on various days at 1.30pm.
  • Venue: The Swan, RSC, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB [Map|Directions].
  • Ticket Prices: £16-£45; £5 for 16-25 year olds.
  • Reviews: Guardian; The Stage; What's On Stage; Stage Door; Morning Star; Straford Observer; Reviews Hub.
  • Summary: "Faustus is a brilliant but embittered academic, a solitary scholar who has exhausted the confines of human knowledge. Frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science he is desperate for a deeper understanding of the universe – and for the worldwide fame that it will bring. Risking everything, he conjures the demon Mephistopheles and asks him to strike a deal with Lucifer. Twenty four years of absolute knowledge and infinite power in exchange for his soul. Despite being tormented by doubt, Faustus agrees to the deal and signs in blood. But as he begins to revel in his new powers, the world around him starts to collapse and the clock inexorably counts down to the final moment of reckoning. Maria Aberg returns to the RSC to direct Marlowe's notorious tale of vanity, greed and damnation."
  • Website Links: The RSC presents Doctor Faustus [Cast & Season Trailer].
Doctor Faustus at Glasgow Botanic Gardens - Thursday 14 July to Saturday 30 July 2016

Doctor Faustus at Glasgow Botanic Gardens

  • Dates: Thursday 14 July to Saturday 30 July 2016.
  • Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 8pm.
  • Venue: Kibble Palace Glasshouse, Glasgow Botanic Gdns, 730 Gt Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE [Map & Dirs]
  • Ticket Prices: £20 | £15 concessions | £15 Preview (14 July) | £12 Tuesdays
  • Reviews: The Scotsman; Broadway Baby; qmunicate Magazine; Herald Scotland.
  • Summary: Bard in the Botanics presents Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, adapted and directed by Jennifer Dick, as part of the Vaulting Ambition season. "Doctor John Faustus, a scholar, makes a terrible and terrifying bargain with the Devil. He will give up his immortal soul in exchange for 24 years of power and excess. Attended by the demon Mephistopheles, he embarks on a life full of indulgence, proud and unrepentant. A Good Angel accompanies them, ever hopeful of saving Faustus from himself and the horrifying fate that awaits him if he cannot find penitence. Doctor Faustus is the inaugural production in a new strand of work for Bard in the Botanics, showcasing the work of Shakespeare's contemporaries – Writing the Renaissance. Don't miss this thrilling and theatrical new adaptation of Marlowe's iconic classic, played by three actors in the spectacular setting of the Kibble Palace Glasshouse."
  • Website Links: Bard in the Botanics presents Doctor Faustus at the Kibble Palace Glasshouse.
Doctor Faustus at The Duke of York - Opens Tuesday 05 April TBC

Doctor Faustus at The Duke of York Theatre, London

  • Dates: Opens Saturday 09 April to Saturday 25 June 2016.
  • Performance Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm; Matinees most Thursdays & Saturdays at 2.30pm.
  • Venue: The Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG [Map & Directions].
  • Nearest Rail Station: Charing Cross; Nearest Tubes: Leicester Square, Covent Garden.
  • Reviews: Guardian; Telegraph; Independent; The Stage; What's On Stage; Time Out; Variety; British Theatre Guide; British Theatre; London Theatre; Huffington Post; Gay Times; Hollywood Reporter.
  • Summary: The Jamie Lloyd Company presents Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe with new scenes by Colin Teevan, directed by Jamie Lloyd, and starring Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Faustus, and Jenna Russell as Mephistopheles. "Praised for their innovative and anarchic reinvention of the classics, The Jamie Lloyd Company propels Christopher Marlowe's legendary tale DOCTOR FAUSTUS into the here and now in an explosive and magical new production starring Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) in his long-awaited return to the London stage. Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform absolutely anything he pleases with the power of black magic. This fatal decision catapults him into an intoxicating world of celebrity, as he becomes a world-renowned conjuror, international heartthrob and friend of the rich, famous and powerful. But what is the cost of his insatiable thirst for wealth and fame? With blackly comic new scenes by Colin Teevan and dynamic stage illusions, the story of this 400-year-old play is transported to a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification, offering a fresh, new perspective that chimes with our times."
  • Website Links: Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York's Theatre; Casting News.
The Marlowe Papers - The Play at The Other Place, Brighton - Sunday 15 May to Sat 04 Jun 2016

The Marlowe Papers in Brighton

  • Performance Times: Sunday 15 May; Sunday 22 May to Wednesday 25 May 2016; Saturday 04 June at 20:30.
  • Venue: Studio 2 at The Warren, St Peter's Church, York Place, Brighton BN1 4GU. [Map]
  • Reviews: The Stage; BroadwayBaby; FringeReview.
  • Summary: After a highly acclaimed opening run in January, The Marlowe Papers returns at The Other Place as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. A one-man play directed by Nicola Haydn, written by Ros Barber and Nicola Haydn, adapted from Ros Barber's prize-winning verse novel, and with Jamie Martin as Kit Marlowe et al. "You're the author of the greatest plays of all time. But nobody knows. And if it gets out, you're dead. It's 1593, and Kit Marlowe, the most successful playwright in Elizabethan England, is stabbed through the eye at the age of 29. Except he isn't. Because Marlowe is also a secret agent. His secret service colleagues have faked his death because protecting the Queen from Catholic assassination plots has led to his arrest for atheism, a capital crime. Join Kit on his journey into exile and anonymity as he recounts the story of beer-drinking, duels and spying that led to his losing lovers, friends and his very identity... and wrestles with the problem that all his new work is being credited to one William Shakespeare."
  • Video: The Marlowe Papers Play Trailer via YouTube.
  • Website Links: The OtherPlace presents The Marlowe Papers; Ros Barber - author of prize-winning verse novel The Marlowe Papers.
Original Pronunciation Dr Faustus at the Globe Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Original Pronunciation Doctor Faustus at The Globe

  • Date: Sunday 22 May 2016 at 4pm.
  • Venue: Sam Wanamaker (Indoor) Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT. [Map & Directions]
  • General Enquiries: See FAQs or ring 020-7902-1400.
  • Reviews: Bardathon (Peter Kirwan); Michael Gray's Arts Blog.
  • Summary: "As part of the celebrations marking 1616, Passion in Practice returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to present a staged reading in original pronunciation (OP) of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. First performed at Henslowe's Rose, this staged reading will follow the text of the play published in 1616 which has some additional scenes by Rowley and others. This will be the Company's first experiment with Marlowe in OP and will take place in the candlelit glow of the Playhouse. The staged reading will be followed by a Q&A with Professor David Crystal, Ben Crystal and members of Passion and Practice's creative team."
  • Video: Original Pronunciation Shakespeare - David & Ben Crystal [10:21]
  • Website Links: Passion in Practice present an OP Dr Faustus in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe.
The Jew of Malta at RSC Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon - Wednesday 18 March to Tuesday 08 September 2015

The Jew of Malta at the RSC Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Lazarus Theatre Co presents Tamburlaine the Great at The Tristan Bates Theatre, London - Tuesday 25 August to Saturday 12 September 2015

Lazarus Theatre Co presents Tamburlaine in Covent Garden, London

  • Dates: Tuesday 25 August to Saturday 12 September 2015.
  • Performance Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.45pm.
  • Venue: Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NP [Map]. Tube: Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly lines) or Covent Garden (Piccadilly line).
  • Buy tickets: Book online or ring the Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office on 020-7240-6283.
  • Reviews: PublicReviews; LondonTheatre1; Everything; UKTheatreNetwork; YoungerTheatre; WestEndWilma.
  • Post-Show Discussion: With our ex-Chairman Ken Pickering on Wednesday 02 September.
  • Summary: The Lazarus Theatre Company presents both parts of Tamburlaine the Great by Christopher Marlowe, adapted and directed by Ricky Dukes, with Prince Plockey in the role of Tamburlaine. "Dictator, lover, husband and murderer, Tamburlaine the Great hits the stage in a gripping, physical and brutal new production. Controversial writer Christopher Marlowe's fierce and ferocious play follows Tamburlaine and his thirst for power. The crown is within his reach and nothing, not even God, can stand in his way. An ensemble company stages both parts, One and Two, over one evening. The Lazarus Theatre Company is an award winning classic theatre company, re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience. This production marks their third appearance at the Tristan Bates Theatre following sell-out productions of Troilus & Cressida, Coriolanus and The Tragedy of Mariuam by Elizabeth Cary."
  • Website Links: The Lazarus Theatre Company presents Tamburlaine the Great at the Tristan Bates Theatre.
Doctor Faustus at The Classic Stage Company, New York - 02 June to 12 July 2015

Doctor Faustus by the Classic Stage Company in New York

  • Dates: Tuesday 02 June to Sunday 12 July 2015.
  • Performance Times: Tues-Thurs evenings 7pm, Fri & Sat evenings 8pm; Sat & Sun matinees at 3pm.
  • Venue: Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003 [Map & Directions].
  • Buy tickets: Online booking - see Ticket Info. Box Office Tel: 212-677-4210 x13.
  • Reviews: New York Times; Broadway World review roundup; Guardian; ShakespeareNewsletter.
  • Summary: Classic Stage Company presents Doctor Faustus written by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Andrei Belgrader and starring Chris Noth. "A pact with the devil brings boundless knowledge and endless gratification. There's just one little catch... Join Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex and the City, The Good Wife) as he teams up with director Andrei Belgrader (The Cherry Orchard, Waiting for Godot, Scapin) to tackle Christopher Marlowe's ever-irreverent Doctor Faustus, which remains as ahead of its time today as it was when it first scandalized audiences some four hundred years ago."
  • Website Links: Classic Stage Company production of Doctor Faustus.
Edward II at St. Bartholomew the Great, London - Friday 15th May to Thursday 2nd July 2015

Edward II at St. Bartholomew the Great, London

  • Dates: Friday 15 May to Thursday 02 July 2015 (playing alternately with Richard II).
  • Performance Times: Monday to Saturday. Evenings at 7.30pm; matinees various days at 12.30pm or 2.30pm.
  • Venue: The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfields, London EC1A 9DS [Map & Directions]. Nearest Tube Station: Barbican.
  • Video: Watch a streaming of the final performance of Edward II online at LiveCultureTV
  • Reviews: The Stage; The Theatre Tourist; LondonTheatre1; Everything Theatre; Carns Theatre Passion.
  • Summary: The Scena Mundi Theatre Company (formerly The Little Spaniel Theatre Company) presents Sad Stories of the Death of Kings: Marlowe's Edward II and Shakespeare's Richard II. "Scena Mundi, which specialises in classical theatre, has now been resident at the 12th Century Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great for over a year. The Sad Stories of the Death of Kings season brings Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II to the church, two accounts of the tragedy of power and the conflict between the private drama of the ruler and the public drama of state affairs. Two monarchs whose private passions get in the way of their political duty, each losing their crown at the hands of an ambitious rival. A reflection on the tragic fate of falling rulers, the season will find a contemporary echo in our year of general election."
  • Website Links: Scena Mundi Theatre Co website and Facebook page; St. Bartholomew the Great.
Doctor Faustus at the The American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Doctor Faustus by The American Shakespeare Center

  • Date: Thursday 09 April to Saturday 06 June 2015 (not continuous). Eves: 7.30pm; Matinees: 2pm.
  • Preview Shows: 04, 06, 10 September 2014.
  • Pre-Show Talks: Thursday 09 April and Wednesday 15 April.
  • Talkback with Actors: After every Thursday night performance.
  • Venue: ASC Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 South Market St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA. [Directions & Map]
  • Tickets: Priced $18 to $44: buy online or from the box office. Pay What You Will night: 09 April.
  • Summary: The American Shakespeare Center presents Doctor Faustus, directed by Jim Warren, with Andrew Goldwasser as Faustus and Stephanie Holladay Earl as Mephistopheles: "Faustus sells his soul, not for riches, but for knowledge and power; Marlowe weaves a shocking and contemporary tale of the struggle between good and evil, championing what is most daring in the human spirit. In his masterpiece that predates almost all of Shakespeare's plays, Marlowe breathtakingly conjures Helen of Troy, the Seven Deadly Sins, angels, demons, and Satan himself, before dragging Faustus to Hell." See also a synopsis of the play, the Director's Notes and cast listing.
  • Website Link: American Shakespeare Center
2014 Season at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Dido, Queen of Carthage at the Sam Wanamaker Globe Indoor Playhouse

  • Dates: 09, 10, 13, 16 April 2015 at 7.30pm; 11 & 18 April 2015 at 2.30pm.
  • Venue: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT. [Map & Directions]
  • Box Office: 020-7401-9919. General Enquiries: See Frequently Asked Questions or ring 020-7902-1400.
  • Tickets: Tickets (priced £10 fixed standing position, up to £35) on sale online and at the Box Office.
  • Summary: The Globe Young Players present Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Globe's candle-lit indoor playhouse, directed by Jacqui Somerville. "It is the aftermath of the Trojan war, and Aeneas is wrecked on the coast of Carthage. Dido, queen of a great trading power, is ready to help Aeneas build a second Troy in Italy - until Venus intervenes, and mere cooperation is transformed into a fierce, possessive love. The student Marlowe turned to Virgil's Aeneid, one of the cornerstones of western literature, for his first play, an intense tale of meddling gods, public duty and tragic love. Performed in the 1590s by the Children of the Chapel, Marlowe's exuberant theatrical debut is ideal material for the Globe Young Players, a company of talented 12 to 16-year olds first seen this year in a brilliantly accomplished production of The Malcontent."
  • Website Links: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe. Read our Overview of Dido Queen of Carthage.
The Dead Shepherd at The White Bear Theatre, Kennington, London - Tuesday 10th March to Saturday 28th March 2015

The Dead Shepherd at The White Bear Theatre, Kennington, London

  • Dates: Tuesday 10 March to Saturday 28 March 2015.
  • Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm; Sunday matinee at 4pm.
  • Venue: The White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, Kennington, London, SE11 4DJ [Map & Directions]. Nearest Station: Kennington (Northern Line).
  • Tickets: £14 | £10 concs. Book online (no booking fee) or ring the Box Office on 0844 8700 887 (£1.50).
  • Reviews: LondonTheatre1; Public Reviews; Theatre Bubble; Everything Theatre.
  • Summary: A new play by Robert Pope and Ian Dixon-Potter: "1615: A reclusive former playwright, mysteriously retired at the height of his powers, recounts a harrowing tale to the daughter of his estranged patron. He recalls how he began his career in the shadow of Christopher Marlowe, poet, heretic, sodomite, spy and the greatest playwright of the age. 1590: Young Will Shakespeare, newly arrived in London, falls in with Marlowe and is introduced to The School of Night, a secret society whose subversive gatherings come to the attention of the most powerful man in England, Her Majesty's Secretary of State, Sir Robert Cecil. Will is plunged into a sinister world of lies, conspiracy, betrayal, torture and revenge, culminating in Cecil's decree to have Marlowe's seditious mouth silenced for ever. 1593: As twilight falls across the Deptford Strand a scream rings out from a rooming house on the filthy dockside. Marlowe is dead, taking with him the dark secrets of Elizabeth's court to an unmarked grave."
  • Website Links: The Dead Shepherd at The White Bear Theatre. Writers' SoundCloud PodCast.
Fourth Monkey presents Tamburlaine Pts I & II at Jacksons Lane Theatre, London N6 - Saturday 14th March to Saturday 21st March 2015

Fourth Monkey presents Tamburlaine Pts I & II in London

  • Dates: Saturday 14 March to Saturday 21 March 2015.
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 7.30pm; Matinee Saturday 21 March at 3pm.
  • Venue: Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, Highgate, London, N6 5AA.
  • Getting There: Map & Directions. Nearest Tube: Highgate (Northern Lane).
  • Ticket Prices: £12 or £10 for concessions (plus £1.95 booking fee).
  • Reviews: ThePublicReviews.com.
  • Summary: "Following their critically acclaimed sell-out Marlowe450 season to celebrate the anniversary of the writer's birth in Canterbury, Fourth Monkey return to London with their latest Christopher Marlowe offering, Tamburlaine the Great Part I & II. Set in the Mongolian Steppes, at the rise of the Mongol empire Tamburlaine, the production is co-directed by the company's artistic director Steven Green and associate Sarah Case, the production offers a visceral and contemporary interpretation delivered by Fourth Monkey's Two Year Rep actor training company."
  • Website Links: Fourth Monkey Theatre Company presents Tamburlaine Pt I and Pt II at Jacksons Lane Theatre.
Edward II at the The American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Edward II by The American Shakespeare Center

  • Date: Friday 12 September to Saturday 29 November 2014 (not continuous). Eves: 7.30pm; Matinees: 2pm.
  • Pre-Show Talks: Wednesday 17 September and Wednesday 12 November.
  • Talkback with Actors: After every Thursday night performance.
  • Venue: ASC Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 South Market St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA. [Directions & Map]
  • Tickets: Priced $18 to $44: buy online or from the box office. Pay What You Will nights: 12 & 13 September.
  • Reviews: Shakespeare Solved.
  • Summary: The American Shakespeare Center presents Edward II, directed by Jim Warren, with René Thornton Jr as Edward and Sarah Fallon as Queen Isabella: "Consumed by obsessive love for a male courtier, the newlycrowned King Edward II risks everything - crown, country, and even his own life - with a dangerous affair. When his foundation of divine right begins to crumble, Edward realizes the limitations of his power, but not before the whispers of treason have started to swell to a roar." See also a synopsis of the play, the Director's Notes and cast listing.
  • Website Link: American Shakespeare Center
Tamburlaine Parts I and II by the Theatre for a New Audience in New York - Saturday 1st November to Sunday 21st December 2014

Tamburlaine Parts I and II by the Theatre for a New Audience in New York

  • Dates: Saturday 1st November to Sunday 21st December 2014.
  • Performance Times: Tuesday-Saturday Evenings: 7pm; Matinees most Saturdays & Sundays: 1pm.
  • Venue: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217. [Map|Directions]
  • Reviews: NY Times; NY Review of Books; Wall St Journal; Exeunt; Broad St Review; TheaterMania; Shakespeare Solved; Shakespeare's Tribe; Brooklyn Eagle; L&S America; British Theatre Guide.
  • Summary: Theatre for a New Audience present Tamburlaine Parts I & II at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in New York, directed by Michael Boyd (former Artistic Director at the RSC) and featuring John Douglas Thompson [credits]. "Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine, Parts I And II was last seen in New York sixty years ago. Michael Boyd, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, stages both parts of the wildly popular play that launched Christopher Marlowe's career in the late 1580s. John Douglas Thompson (Macbeth and Othello for Theatre for a New Audience) stars as Tamburlaine, the unstoppable and ferocious low-born conqueror who humbles kings and emperors, sweeping methodically across vast territories while gathering ever more strength from his driving will, his boundless self-image, and his astonishing outpouring of stunning verse. Nineteen actors play sixty roles in this magisterial yet tightly conceived epic event that chronicles Tamburlaine's rise from upstart Scythian shepherd to ruler of Persia (Part I), and then his strangely precipitous, grief-suffused fall (Part II). Shocking and awesome, repellent and fascinating in equal measure, Marlowe's hero is disturbingly modern. Edited by Michael Boyd, the two parts will be combined into one quick-moving, four-hour evening with a thirty-minute intermission.."
  • Website Links: Theatre for a New Audience's production of Tamburlaine.
Independent Shakespeare Co presents Doctor Faustus in LA - Thursday 23rd October to Sunday 23rd November 2014

Doctor Faustus at Independent Studio, LA

  • Dates: Thursday 23 October to Sunday 23rd November 2014 (Thurs-Sun only).
  • Performance Times: Thursday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm; Sunday matinees at 2pm.
  • Venue: Independent Studio, 3191 Casitas Avenue, #168, Los Angeles, 90039 [Map & Directions].
  • Buy tickets: Book online or ring the Box Office on (818) 710-6306.
  • Reviews: Broadway World.
  • Summary: The Independent Shakespeare Co presents Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus directed by Melissa Chalsma. "Shakespeare isn't the only playwright with a 450th birthday this year! Join us in celebrating Christopher Marlowe's incredible contribution to the theater. Doctor Faustus is a brilliant and celebrated man whose intelligence is only eclipsed by an insatiable thirst for knowledge and power. This quest leads him to a dangerous bargain: he sells his soul to Lucifer for the power to practice the Dark Arts. With the demon Mephistopheles at his side, he becomes a globe-trotting, thrill-seeking celebrity. With a cast of characters that includes Helen of Troy, the Pope and all Seven Deadly Sins, Christopher Marlowe's play is sexy, funny, and as relevant as it was when he wrote it 425 years ago. (May not be suitable for younger viewers.)"
  • Website Links: Independent Shakespeare Co.
The Massacre at Paris at The Rose - 7th to 26th October 2014

The Massacre at Paris at The Rose on Bankside

  • Second Run: Tuesday 07 October to Saturday 25 October 2014.
  • First Run: Tuesday 11 March to Saturday 29 March 2014.
  • Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm; Sunday matinees at 3pm.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Ticket Prices: £12 or £10 for concessions (Friends of The Rose, OAP, Student or Equity).
  • Buy tickets: Book online or ring the Rose Theatre Box Office on 020-7261-9565.
  • Reviews: The Bardathon; Curtainly; FT; What's On Stage; Londonist; ThePublicReviews; Migrant Press.
  • Summary: The Dolphin's Back returns to The Rose to present The Massacre at Paris by Christopher Marlowe, directed by James Wallace. "The first run of Marlowe's brutal and incendiary masterpiece to be staged in England in 400 years returns to the Rose - the site of its very first performance in 1593 - after its sell-out success earlier this year. Marlowe's last play retells twenty years of the French Wars of Religion at breakneck speed, from the cold planning of mass murder, through the shocking events of the notorious 1572 St Bartholomew's Day Massacre, to the poisoning of Charles IX, and the coronation and subsequent assassination of his flamboyant, homosexual brother Henry III. The play's anti-hero, the villainous Duke of Guise, proves the ultimate Marlovian over-reacher."
  • Website Links: The Dolphin's Back. Visit The Rose website. More events at The Rose.
  • Play Overview: Read our overview of The Massacre at Paris
Marlowe450: Doctor Faustus at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Marlowe450 Season in Canterbury

Doctor Faustus at The Marlowe Theatre Studio, Canterbury

Marlowe450: The Massacre at Paris at Canterbury Cathedral Crypt
Marlowe450 Season in Canterbury

The Massacre at Paris at Canterbury Cathedral Crypt

Marlowe450: The Jew of Malta at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Marlowe450 Season in Canterbury

The Jew of Malta at The Marlowe Theatre Studio, Canterbury

  • Date: Wednesday 26 March to Friday 28 March 2014
  • Performance Times: Evenings 8pm; matinee on Thursday 27 March at 2pm
  • Venue: The Marlowe Studio at The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent. CT1 2AS. [Map|Directions]
  • Cost: £12; £11 Concessions; £10 Marlowe Friends; £8 for Discovery Tickets; See all 3 Marlowe450 productions for the price of 2; Plus £2.75 booking fee for phone, post or online bookings + £1 postage.
  • Associated Lecture: Marlowe, Machiavelli & The Jew of Malta by Charles Nicholl on Wednesday 26 March at 6pm
  • Booking: Book online, or from the Box Office by phone (01227 787787) or in person (Mon-Sat, 9am to 5.30pm).
  • Summary: The Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, in association with the Marlowe Theatre, and supported by The Marlowe Society and The University of Kent, present three Marlowe productions in his home city of Canterbury to celebrate the 450th anniversary of his birth. The Jew of Malta, directed by Justin Audibert, is as "ablaze with controversy today as it was four hundred years ago; defenders of this play argue that it is principally a biting satire on political counselling on all sides with Barabas, the unapologetic anti-hero, the only man honest enough to admit his own malignancy. Decide for yourselves in this courageous and unflinching rare revival."
  • Website Links: The Jew of Malta at the Marlowe Theatre; Marlowe450 Press Release.
Doctor Faustus at The Rose - 4th February to 28th February 2014

Doctor Faustus at The Rose on Bankside

  • Dates: Tuesday 04 February to Friday 07 March 2014
  • Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm; Sunday matinee at 3pm.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Buy tickets: Book online or ring the Rose Theatre Box Office on 020-7261-9565.
  • Reviews: The Stage; WhatsOnStage; RemoteGoat; PlaysToSee; ThePublicReviews; Londonist; Rosie's Lit Blog.
  • Summary: "To mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of Christopher Marlowe, this fresh, innovative adaptation of Marlowe's notorious tale once again casts its disturbing and terrifying shadow over The Rose Playhouse, Bankside where it was first performed 420 years ago. The infamous legend of the man who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for 24 years of knowledge and power has never lost its ability to unsettle and shock. In this fast and furious production, we enter the mind of a man who, through narcissism, ambition and fatal curiosity, finds himself staring into the mouth of Hell, as The Rose, Bankside once again awakens the Devil and his legion of fallen angels. This production is directed by Martin Parr whose recent successes at The Rose Playhouse include Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet."
  • Website Links: Visit The Rose website. More events at The Rose.
Doctor Faustus by the Classical Theatre Co in Houston, Texas - Wednesday 29th January to Sunday 16th February 2014

Doctor Faustus by the Classical Theatre Co in Houston, Texas

  • Dates: Wednesday 29th January to Sunday 16th February 2014.
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 8.00pm; Sunday matinees at 2.30pm.
  • Venue: The Barn (formerly Barnevelder Arts Complex), 2201 Preston Street, Houston, TX 77003 [Map].
  • Ticket Prices: $20; $15 for Seniors, Groups 10+; $10 Students / Teachers with ID.
  • Reviews: Broadway World; Houston Press; Houston Chronicle.
  • Summary: The Classical Theatre Company presents Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Philip Hays, starring Adam Gibbs as Faustus. "A complex play exploring the complex nature of the relationship between man and God, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus follows the story of a Doctor who, fed up with scholarly pursuits, sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for 24 years of knowledge and power. With a demon as at his beck and call and the dark arts at his disposal, Faustus travels the world satisfying his gluttonous need for power. His encounters with the likes of dragons, angels, Helen of Troy, and the Seven Deadly Sins, leads to both humorous adventures and heartfelt problems of faith and morality. In the end, introspection does little to save the good doctor and as his 24 years come to a close, the debt collector comes knocking."
  • Website Links: Classical Theatre Company; The Barn in Houston.
Doctor Faustus at the Cambridge Arts Theatre - Wednesday 29th January to Saturday 1st February 2014
Cambridge Marlowe Society Marlowe 450 Festival

Cambridge Marlowe Society 450 Festival:
Doctor Faustus
at Cambridge Arts Theatre

  • Dates: Wednesday 29th January to Saturday 1st February 2014 at 7.45pm; matiness Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm.
  • Venue: Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ [Map & Directions]
  • Reviews: ThePublicReviews.
  • Summary: "What art thou, Faustus, but a man condemned to die?" Faustus is a brilliant academic whose destructive thirst for knowledge leads him down a path to damnation when he sells his soul to Lucifer. From the splendour of Emperor Charles V's court to the excesses of the Pope's banquet in Rome, Faustus experiences all the earthly delights on offer in this world and beyond with the magical powers granted by his devilish companion, Mephistopheles. But his time is fast running out... This production, directed by Drew Mulligan, forms the centrepiece of a year-long festival of works by the Cambridge University Marlowe Society celebrating the 450th anniversary of Marlowe's birth. One of Cambridge's most famous alumni, his enduringly popular tale of ambition and damnation will be performed by the cream of the University's acting talent, led by a professional creative team.
  • Website Links: Cambridge Arts Theatre; Cambridge Marlowe Society; Cambridge Alumni.
Dido Queen of Carthage at Cambridge University - Tuesday 12th November to Saturday 16th November 2013
Cambridge Marlowe Society Marlowe 450 Festival

Cambridge Marlowe Society 450 Festival:
Dido, Queen of Carthage
at Cambridge University

  • Emmanuel College Chapel: Tuesday 12th November to Friday 15th November 2013 at 8pm
  • Senate House: Saturday 16th November 2013 at 8pm, followed by black tie reception.
  • Venue 1: Emmanuel College Chapel, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 3AP. [Map]
  • Venue 2: Senate House, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, CB2. [Map]
  • Summary: To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Christopher Marlowe, an illustrious and enigmatic alumnus of the University, the (Cambridge) Marlowe Society will be staging his complete works across the 2013-14 academic year. The Marlowe Festival begins in November with Dido, Queen of Carthage, directed by Michael Oakley who won the prestigious JMK Award for young directors for his critically acclaimed production of Edward II at BAC in 2008. "Allegedly written during his time as an undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Christopher Marlowe's take on Virgil's Aeneid is a thrilling and visceral exploration of the destructive nature of obsessive love. Fleeing from war torn Troy, Aeneas finds himself violently ship wrecked on the shores of Carthage. As two worlds collide - torn between destiny and passion - can the love between Dido and Aeneas survive?"
  • Website Links: Cambridge Marlowe Society; Cambridge Alumni; Read our overview of Dido, Queen of Carthage
Edward II at the National Theatre, London

Edward II at the National Theatre (Olivier), London

  • Date: Wednesday 28 August to Saturday 26 October 2013 (27 performances, not continuous).
  • Performance Times: 19:30; Matinees at 14:00 or 14:30 on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays or Thursdays.
  • Talks: Director Joe Hill-Gibbins talks about his production on Monday 16 September at 18:00 (£4/£3) [Book].
  • Venue: Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX.
  • How to Get There: See Directions for travel to the National Theatre.
  • Ticket Prices: £12 (Travelex) to £34. See Ticket Information.
  • Reviews: Guardian; Observer; Independent; Telegraph; FT; Evening Standard; Time Out; What's On Stage; British Theatre Guide.
  • Summary: The National Theatre presents Edward II, written by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins: Hot on the heels of his coronation, Edward II recalls his lover Gaveston from exile, lavishing him with titles and riches. Their all-consuming lust makes enemies of the furious barons and bishops, alienates the King's once-devoted Queen and tears England to pieces. Ultimately, the monarch himself is destroyed as are many of those who stood both at his side and in his way. "All live to die, and rise to fall." A behind-the-scenes exploration of power, sexual obsession, and a king who treats the realm as his playground. The National offers a contemporary take on Christopher Marlowe's magnificent, erotic and violent play. "I will have Gaveston, and you shall know / What danger 'tis to stand against your king."
  • Website Links: National Theatre production of Edward II.
Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Greenwich Theatre - Tuesday 14th May to Saturday 01 June 2013

Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Greenwich Theatre

  • Dates: Tuesday 14th May to Saturday 01 June 2013 (not continuous).
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 8pm; Matinees at 2.30pm.
  • Venue: Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8ES. [Map & Directions]
  • Ticket Prices: £15 or £10 for concessions.
  • Buy tickets: Book online or ring the Greenwich Theatre Box Office on 020-8858-7755. [Booking Info]
  • Reviews: British Theatre Guide; Fringe Review; OneStopArts.
  • Summary: A Lazarus Theatre Company Production, directed by Ricky Dukes. "Troy has fallen. After a bitter and bloody storm the Trojan hero Aeneas and his men seek sanctuary in the city of Carthage where a chance encounter with the city's Queen leads to one of the most explosive love stories ever written. In a world controlled by the Gods, can mere mortal love be enough? This ravishing and bold new adaptation breathes new life into one of Marlowe's greatest works. Infusing the text with movement and music, a large ensemble present Dido Queen of Carthage in repertory alongside Lear, Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, marking Lazarus' debut at Greenwich Theatre."
  • Website Links: Greenwich Theatre; Lazarus Theatre Co; Read our Overview of Dido Queen of Carthage.
Doctor Faustus at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow - Friday 05 April to Saturday 27 April 2013

Doctor Faustus at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

  • Dates: Friday 05 April to Saturday 27 April 2013, Tuesday to Saturday.
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 7.30pm; Matinee Saturday 20 April at 2.00pm.
  • Related Events: Conjuring Doctor Faustus with Director Dominic Hill on Weds 17 April at 4.30pm (£10)
  • Venue: Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS. [Map & Directions]
  • Ticket Prices: £2 to £19, including reductions for concessions.
  • Reviews: The Scotsman; See also reviews of the same production performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
  • Summary: Glasgow Citizens Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse present Doctor Faustus written by Christopher Marlowe with Acts 3 and 4 adapted by Colin Teevan, directed by Dominic Hill, and starring Siobhan Redmond as Mephistopheles, and Kevin Trainor as Faustus. "We all want what we can't have. But what price would we pay to get it? Faustus is restless for knowledge and his insatiable desire for notoriety has driven him to make a pact with the Devil in return for the power to perform the black arts. This life-changing decision propels him into the heady world of the rich and famous as he becomes a globe-trotting magician to the stars. Finally, beautiful women pay him attention, celebrities want to be his friend, and he has the world at his feet to manipulate as he pleases. But was the price worth paying? In this darkly disturbing new production, Christopher Marlowe's mythic tale of mankind's greed for power gets a modern day twist as three of the original acts are played out with two specially commissioned new ones from Colin Teevan."
  • Website Links: Doctor Faustus at the Citizens; Same production at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Feb/Mar.
Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Rose - Wednesday 6th March to Sunday 31st March 2013

Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Rose on Bankside

  • Dates: Wednesday 06 March to Sunday 31 March 2013.
  • Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm; Sunday matinee at 3pm.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Ticket Prices: £12 or £10 for concessions (Friends of The Rose, OAP, Student or Equity).
  • Buy tickets: Book online or ring the Rose Theatre Box Office on 020-7261-9565.
  • Marlowe Society Event: We are organising a group booking for members on Sunday 24 March
  • Reviews: British Theatre Guide; What's On Stage; Exeunt Magazine.
  • Summary: A House on the Hill Production, directed by Alex Pearson and Jeremy Smith. "After the fall of Troy, Aeneas and his men land on Carthage on their way to Lavinium, where they are offered food and shelter by Queen Dido. An intense love affair ensues between Dido and Aeneas, leaving their fates in the hands of the Gods. Marlowe's play is a classical story of destiny, fate and love, in this brilliant and intimate production of Dido Queen of Carthage."
  • Website Links: Read our Overview of Dido Queen of Carthage. Visit The Rose website. More events at The Rose.
Doctor Faustus at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds - Saturday 23 February to Saturday 16 March 2013

Doctor Faustus at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

  • Dates: Saturday 23 February to Saturday 16 March 2013, Tuesday to Saturday.
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 7.30pm; Matinees most Saturdays at 2.00pm, and Thursdays at 1.30pm.
  • Related Events: Education events with Director and cast on Thursday 07 March and Thursday 14 March
  • Venue: Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP. [Directions]
  • Ticket Prices: £12 to £27, with reductions for concessions and group bookings.
  • Reviews: Guardian; Telegraph; Independent; The Stage; Yorkshire Evening Post; British Theatre Guide.
  • Summary: The West Yorkshire Playhouse and Glasgow Citizens Theatre present Doctor Faustus written by Christopher Marlowe with Acts 3 and 4 adapted by Colin Teevan, directed by Dominic Hill, and starring Siobhan Redmond as Mephistopheles, and Kevin Trainor as Faustus. "We all want what we can't have. But what price would we pay to get it? Faustus is restless for knowledge and his insatiable desire for notoriety has driven him to make a pact with the Devil in return for the power to perform the black arts. This life-changing decision propels him into the heady world of the rich and famous as he becomes a globe-trotting magician to the stars. Finally, beautiful women pay him attention, celebrities want to be his friend, and he has the world at his feet to manipulate as he pleases. But was the price worth paying? In this darkly disturbing new production, Christopher Marlowe's mythic tale of mankind's greed for power gets a modern day twist as three of the original acts are played out with two specially commissioned new ones from Colin Teevan."
  • Website Links: Doctor Faustus at WYP; Same production at Glasgow Citizens Theatre in April.
Tamburlaine the Great at the American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Tamburlaine the Great at the Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

  • Date: Various dates between Thursday 22 September to Saturday 26 November 2011.
  • Performance Times: Evenings at 7.30pm. Matinees on Sundays 16 October and 20 November at 2pm.
  • Venue: Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 South Market St, Staunton, VA 24401, USA. [Directions & Map]
  • Reviews: Shakespeareances; The Accidental Thespian.
  • Summary: The American Shakespeare Center presents Tamburlaine the Great in a Blackfriars Premiere: "Serious Power: A shepherd conquers kingdoms in an attempt to satisfy his unquenchable ambition and prove himself worthy of the beauty he loves. Marlowe's mighty line and the box office popularity of Tamburlaine greatly influenced Shakespeare and helped usher in the golden age of English blank verse. Blending an Elizabethan Rambo with a Tarantino-style love story allows Marlowe to shock us anew with a timeless disdain for authority and awe us with brutal poetry, causing us to cheer for the charismatic tyrant on his bloody hunt for glory." Directed by Jim Warren, with James Keegan as Tamburlaine (see full cast listing).
  • Website Links: ASC - Tamburlaine the Great. See also Play Synopsis and Director's Notes.
Edward II at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre

Edward II at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre

  • Date: Wednesday 07 September to Saturday 08 October 2011.
  • Evening Performances: Monday-Friday at 7.30pm; Saturdays at 8.00pm.
  • Matinees: Wednesdays at 2.30pm; Saturdays at 4.00pm; plus Tuesday 20 September at 2.30pm.
  • Venue: The Theatre, The Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, Manchester, M2 7DH. [Map & Directions]
  • Reviews: Guardian; British Theatre Guide; Stage.
  • Summary: "Think Richard III meets The King's Speech. 'Why would you love him who the world hates so?' On ascension to the English throne, Edward II calls back his beloved ally Piers Gaveston. But when their close relationship throws the court and Edward's marriage into disarray, it threatens to destabilise an entire country. The inventive creative team behind last year's unmissable production of Doctor Faustus, led by director Toby Frow, reunite for this fast-paced thriller which will have your allegiances shifting in a night of gripping theatre." With Chris New as Edward II, Emma Cunniffe as Queen Isabella, Sam Collings as Piers Gaveston, and Jolyon Coy as Mortimer.
  • Website Links: Royal Exchange Theatre - Edward II
Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare's Globe

Doctor Faustus at The Globe

  • Date: Saturday 18 June to Sunday 02 October 2011 (not continuous)
  • Venue: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT. [Map & Directions]
  • Box Office: 020-7401-9919. General Enquiries: See Frequently Asked Questions or ring 020-7902-1400.
  • Reviews: Globe Cast on YouTube; The Stage; British Theatre Guide; Guardian; Independent; Time Out; FT; Daily Express; LondonTheatre.co.uk; London Evening Standard; Telegraph; London Magazine; London24.
  • Summary: Part of the Globe's 2011 The Word is God season, with Paul Hilton cast as Faustus and Arthur Darvill (Rory in Doctor Who) as Mephistopheles: "Doctor Faustus, restless for knowledge, forsakes scholarship for magic and makes a pact with the Devil: if the evil spirit Mephistopheles will serve him for 24 years, Faustus will yield his soul to the Devil after death. It isn't long before Faustus has doubts about the bargain, but Mephistopheles has plenty of entertainment at hand to distract Faustus from the terrifying reality of his position and the prospect of its agonising conclusion. In Doctor Faustus, the greatest tragedy in English before Shakespeare, Marlowe puts some of the greatest poetry ever written for the stage and a good deal of anarchic comedy at the service of a mythic tale illustrating mankind's insatiable desire for knowledge and power. This will be the first production of Doctor Faustus at the Globe."
  • Website Links: Doctor Faustus on The Globe's website. Follow The Globe on Facebook and Twitter.
Doctor Faustus at The Rose - Saturday 4th June to Thursday 30th June 2011

Doctor Faustus at The Rose on Bankside

  • Note: This production is now finished, but the review links may still be of interest.
  • Dates: Tuesday 7th June to Thursday 30th June 2011. Previews: Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June.
  • Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm; Sunday matinee at 3pm.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Marlowe Society Event: We are organising a group booking for members on Sunday 26th June.
  • Reviews: IndieLondon.
  • Summary: A Little Goblin Production, directed by Vince Tycer, and specially adapted for The Rose Theatre, with Christopher Diacopoulos as Faustus and Cheska Moon as Mephistopheles. "Divinity adieu! These metaphysics of magicians, and necromantic books are heavenly! With these words Faustus launches into the world of supernatural horror. While known for many other works of brilliance, Christopher Marlowe's voice continually finds new life through the stagings of his most imaginative tale. Filled with devils, ghosts and necromancy, this June the words of Faustus are once again being uttered in the place of their initial life, The Rose Theatre on Bankside. Come and see this unrelenting and visceral production in the place where the devils were first summoned ... over 400 years ago!"
  • Website Links: The Rose website; More events at The Rose.
Edward II at The Rose - Thursday 10th February to Saturday 5th March 2011

Edward II at The Rose on Bankside

  • Note: This production is now finished, but the review links may still be of interest.
  • Date: Thursday 10th February to Saturday 5th March 2011
  • Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm; Sunday matinee at 3pm.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Marlowe Society Event: We are organising a group booking for members on Sunday 13th February.
  • Reviews: The Stage; British Theatre Guide; RemoteGoat.
  • Summary: Em-Lou Productions (responsible for the excellent Arden production at The Rose in 2010) bring Marlowe's history back to Bankside, directed by Peter Darney. "King Edward comes to the throne, and immediately recalls his banished lover, Piers Gaveston - an order that puts him at odds with most of his court. Edward must battle his sneering subjects, his scorned wife and his own family for not only the right to rule, but for the right to love. This classic is a thrillingly crafted bloody tale of love, lust, betrayal and class conflict; of what one man would do for power and what another man would do in the face of love."
  • Website Links: The Rose website; More events at The Rose.
Doctor Faustus at the Manchester Royal Exchange Studio Theatre

Doctor Faustus at the Manchester Royal Exchange Studio Theatre

Doctor Faustus at the Greenwich Theatre, London

Doctor Faustus at the Greenwich Theatre, London

  • Note: This production is now finished, but the review and DVD links may still be of interest.
  • Date: Tuesday 06 October to Friday 16 October 2009 (not continuous).
  • Venue: Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES.
  • How to Get There: See Map & directions for travel to the Greenwich Theatre.
  • Book Tickets: Book online, in person, or ring the Box Office (020 8858 7755) - see How to Book & Seating Plan.
  • Reviews: British Theatre Guide; ThisIsLocalLondon.
  • Summary: "Greenwich Theatre makes a dramatic return to producing with Marlowe's devilish tale of magic, sin and ambition, presented in repertory with Sheridan's comedy of manners School for Scandal (performed by the same cast on different nights). Directed by Elizabeth Freestone, and designed by Neil Irish."
  • Performances Filmed: "Greenwich Theatre has signed a unique deal with Stage on Screen to stage high quality professional productions of classic texts. All titles produced under the partnership will be recorded and available on DVD approximately six weeks later." For details and links for buying the DVD onlinew, see our Film Events page.
  • Website Links: Greenwich Theatre.
Dido, Queen of Carthage at the Cottesloe

Dido, Queen of Carthage at the National Theatre (Cottesloe), London

  • Note: This production is now finished, but the review links may still be of interest.
  • Date: Tuesday 17 March 2009 to Tuesday 02 June 2009 (not continuous).
  • Performance Times: 19:30; Matinees at 14:30 on Saturdays and selected midweek dates.
  • Venue: Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX.
  • How to Get There: See Directions for travel to the National Theatre.
  • Reviews: Guardian; Independent; Times; The Stage; Evening Standard.
  • Summary: "Seeking refuge from a violent storm, Aeneas lands on the shores of Carthage where Queen Dido, moved by his retelling of the fall of Troy and bewitched by a malevolent Cupid, soon burns with love. Their ensuing passion, manipulated by the watching, warring gods, can only end in tragedy. Written when he was an undergraduate, the wit, the daring and the sheer poetry of Christopher Marlowe's first play were so new and exciting in English theatre that Hamlet was still talking about it seventeen years later." Directed by James Macdonald, who will give a talk on Friday 03 April 2009 at 6pm, and starring Anastasia Hille as Dido.
  • Website Links: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/42725/productions/dido-queen-of-carthage.html.
  • Play Links: Read the Marlowe Society Overview of Dido, Queen of Carthage.
Edward II at Battersea Arts Centre, London

Edward II at Battersea Arts Centre, London

  • Note: This production is now finished, but the review links may still be of interest.
  • Date: 18 July - 09 August 2008: performances Monday to Saturday, 19:45.
  • Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN.
  • Tel No: BAC General Enquiries - 020 7223 6557.
  • Reviews: The Stage; Guardian; Times; British Theatre Guide; Time Out; MusicOMH.com.
  • Summary: "A gay monarch, a throne usurped, a country in crisis. Royal tradition or private passion: where will your allegiances lie? Michael Oakley (Winner of the JMK Award 2008) directs a bold, subversive and urgent play that has challenged audiences through the centuries. In our so-called liberal age, this stylish and provocative play continues to raise alarmingly relevant issues." Nicholas Hytner, Artistic Director at the National Theatre, who himself directed a critically acclaimed production of Edward II at the Manchester Royal Exchange in 1986, said "Edward II is an earthy, powerful and very visceral play. I am delighted to hear that Michael Oakley has won the JMK Award. He is a hugely promising director whose career is one to watch. I really look forward to seeing this production."
  • Website Links: Battersea Arts Centre
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