The Secret Theatre
The Dark Arts of Elizabeth's Spymaster
by Anders Lustgarten
Thursday 16 November – Saturday 16 December 2017
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
|Fixed Position Standing: £10 | Seated: £20 – £48 | Premium Tickets: £62||Approx. 2 hrs 15 mins including an interval|
Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown
Frances Walsingham / Mary of Scots
Sir Philip Sidney / Robert Southwell / Adam
Sir Francis Walsingham
Anthony Babington / Miles / Howard
John Ballard / Tom / Topcliffe / Doctor
Sir William Cecil / Palmer
Phelippes / Davy
‘It’s not enough that men are watched;
they must think themselves watched,
even when they are not’
Espionage, double-crossing and blackmail come to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in this new spy thriller with powerful contemporary echoes.
Spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham oversees a vast surveillance network from the heart of Elizabeth I’s court. As the nation’s relationship with Europe deteriorates and civil unrest grows, Walsingham adopts ever more extreme tactics to keep his queen and country safe. But does he risk losing control of the apparatus he has created and destroying the lives of those closest to him? And can such safety ever be achieved?
Matthew Dunster, the Globe’s Associate Director, directs this new play by Anders Lustgarten, an award-winning playwright renowned for his bold approach to social and political questions. The Secret Theatre asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety. Shot through with moments of the blackest humour, this smart, tense thriller finds its perfect setting in the shadowy recesses and flickering candlelight of the Playhouse.
Please note: This production may not be suitable for children. In its faithful portrayal of Elizabethan-era espionage and torture, this production will feature scenes of gory and often brutal violence, including gunshots and blood. Contains strong language.
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