Dido, Queen of Carthage (2015)
Playwright: Christopher Marlowe
Directed by: Jacqui Somerville
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.
Playing Shakespeare: Othello (2015)
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Bill Buckhurst
Othello was performed as part of the 2015 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank project.
The Broken Heart (2015)
Playwright: John Ford
Directed by: Caroline Steinbeis
Ford’s very modern fascination with psychology and mental extremes are found everywhere in this brilliantly nuanced story of an exalted love struggling to exist in a world of selfishness, jealousy and tawdry court politics.
Farinelli and the King (2015)
Playwright: Claire van Kampen
Directed by: John Dove
Spain, 1737. King Philippe V lies awake. The Queen, desperate to relieve her husband of his depression, begs the castrato to sing to the king. Philippe is healed, held captive by Farinelli’s voice – but so is Farinelli…
Playwright: Francesco Cavalli
Directed by: Kasper Holten
L’Ormindo is a comic and moving tale of the loves and betrayals of princes, its miraculous plot twists spurred on over three acts by the forces of Destiny, Love and Luck. Produced in collaboration with The Royal Opera.
The Changeling (2015)
Playwright: Thomas Middleton & William Rowley
Directed by: Dominic Dromgoole
Charged with Middleton’s ferocious dramatic irony, and leavened by Rowley’s wild comic sub-plot, nothing in English drama comes near to this tale of a liaison based on repulsion and fascination.
The Knight of the Burning Pestle (2014)
Playwright: Francis Beaumont
Directed by: Adele Thomas
Running two plays within-the-play simultaneously, The Knight of the Burning Pestle combines wicked humour with charming songs and a cast of hilarious London characters in one of the earliest comedies to hit the English stage
'Tis Pity She's a Whore (2014)
Playwright: John Ford
Directed by: Michael Longhurst
Compassionate and disturbing, John Ford’s great story of doomed love – told in scenes that combine intense reflection with explosive violence – enters the most challenging moral territory of all.