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Edward II

  • 2018/Winter/Edward


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an exhilarating production



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a highly involving watch which gallops along at the right pace



4 Stars

completely immersive theatre



4 Stars

essential to anyone with an interest in queer history


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an engaging and utterly watchable show

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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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TicketsFixed Position Standing: £10 | Seated: £20 – £48 | Premium Tickets: £62 Running time2 hours 25 minutes including interval
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Christopher Marlowe

The Company
To include:

Annette Badland
Mortimer Senior

Nick Bagnall

Bill Barclay

Giles Block
Globe Associate - Text

Richard Bremmer
Archbishop of Canterbury/ Spencer Senior

Richard Cant
Earl of Lancaster

Tess Dignan
Head of Voice

Polly Frame
Earl of Kent

Jonathan Livingstone
Mortimer Junior

Glynn MacDonald
Globe Associate - Movement

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 and violence.

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Free discussion

Wanton poets and pleasant wits: Edward II now

Part of Voices in the Dark: Pride, Then and Now  

Thursday 4 April, 9.10pm, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (after the 7.30pm performance of After Edward)

After the 7.30pm performance of After Edward on Thursday 4 April, we will be holding a free post-show discussion. Chaired by the Globe’s Will Tosh, some of today’s most exciting queer thinkers and writers reflect on the legacy of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II. This event is free to ticket-holders for that evening’s performance of After Edward and also, subject to space in the auditorium, everyone else who is interested in attending without seeing the preceding performance.

The other festival events are Moll and the Future Kings, an hour of late-night drag king cabaret and improv, and Love is Love, a celebration in words and music of LGBT+ lives and loves across nine centuries, presented by The Fourth Choir.