After the huge success of last years 'Arden of Faversham', Em-Lou productions returns to the Rose Theatre Bankside with Edward II, in its first performance there for over 400 years.
by Christopher Marlowe
10th February to March 5th 2011
Rose Theatre, Bankside
"All they that love not tobacco and boys are fools"...
Edward, much to the despair of his wife and contempt of his barons, is very fond of both. King Edward comes to the throne, and immediately recalls his banished lover, Pierce 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 rarely performed 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 loose for love...
The cast is universally strong and demonstrates admirable focus in a fast-paced production...Director Peter Darney underlines the carnality and violence of Marlowe’s play...creates a grotesque atmosphere that would have engaged the Rose’s original audience as much as it does today.
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