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Edward II

Part of On the Shoulders of Ghosts

  • 2018/Winter/Edward

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Saturday 16 March, 2.00pm 
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Friday 12 April, 7.30pm
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7 February – 20 April 2019

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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The Company
To include:

Annette Badland
Mortimer Senior

Nick Bagnall

Bill Barclay

Richard Bremmer
Archbishop of Canterbury/ Spencer Senior

Richard Cant
Earl of Lancaster

Polly Frame
Earl of Kent

Jonathan Livingstone
Mortimer Junior

Sanchia McCormack
Earl of Warwick

Kevin McCurdy
Fight Director

George Nichols
Assistant Director

Wayne Parsons
Movement Director

Colin Ryan
Spencer Junior

Tom Stuart
Edward II

Beru Tessema

Katie West
Queen Isabella

Jessica Worrall

‘But what are kings, when regiment is gone,
but perfect shadows in a sunshine day?’

Act V, scene 1


King Edward recalls his lover, Gaveston, from banishment and sets in motion a chain of events that will culminate in some of the most shocking scenes in all of early modern theatre.

Threatened by the preferment shown to the ‘upstart’ Gaveston, and exasperated by Edward’s neglect of matters of state, the king’s nobles join forces with Queen Isabella and the clergy to plot the downfall of Edward’s circle of flatterers, and ultimately of the king himself.


Edward II is a play about homosexuality, the abuse of power and a quarrelling court. Filled with song and poetry and heart and guts, it is a violent, sumptuous and altogether thrilling ride, set in the period of Edward's rule, but with a contemporary edge. Ten actors and three musicians will take on this incredibly visceral story in the candlelit beauty of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Please note: this production will feature moments of full male nudity.

On the Shoulders of Ghosts

Our second festival of the season probes the fine, if not invisible, line between the personal and the political. 

On the Shoulders of Ghosts runs February – April 2019 and includes Edward II, Richard II and After Edward.

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