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Moll and the Future Kings

An hour of late-night drag king cabaret and improv, by candlelight
Part of Voices in the Dark: Pride, Then and Now

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Saturday 30 March, 9.30pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
(after the 7.30pm performance of After Edward)

Tickets£12 | £10 if you also book for After Edward (details below)
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In 1611, Moll Frith, also known as Mal Cutpurse, appeared onstage at the Fortune Theatre, during a production of The Roaring Girl, Middleton and Dekker’s play about her life. An improvised moment involving rude jokes, songs and smoking, this is the only known professional playhouse performance by an English woman.

At the time and ever since, history and gossip have held her – this cross-dressing performer, criminal and trickster – as a warning, a hero or a freak.

And now, for one night only, we present an hour of anarchic, improvised, gender-twisting entertainment in her honour. Performed by members of the Through the Door course, this is a work-in-progress, an experiment, and a conversation with our queer early modern past.

Curated by Sarah Grange with Clerkinworks, and supported by Shakespeare’s Globe and Improbable, it's the night out with Moll you didn’t know you’d been waiting for.

Please note: this performance may include strong language and / or partial nudity.


Voices in the Dark: Pride, Then and Now

This event is part of our Voices in the Dark festival, running alongside our productions of Edward II and After Edward this spring.

How relevant are Shakespeare and his contemporaries today? That is the question we ask in Voices in the Dark, an ongoing festival of events and performances that run alongside our main-stage productions. The festival examines the nature of Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world through an ongoing dialogue, a call and response, between today’s artists and Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

This spring, in response to our production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II – a play that is rare in its depiction of a gay relationship on the early modern stage – we are exploring the idea of ‘Pride, Then and Now’. Artists and performers will offer a diverse range of creative responses to Marlowe’s provocations, as they explore the themes of sexuality and gender in thrilling new ways.

The other festival events are Wanton poets and pleasant wits: Edward II now, a free post-show discussion, and Love is Love, a celebration in words and music of LGBT+ lives and loves across nine centuries, presented by The Fourth Choir.

After Edward: Ticket Offer

If you buy tickets for After Edward in the same transaction, save £2 on tickets for Moll and the Future Kings.

Just add tickets for both events to your basket and the discount will be applied. If you have already booked for After Edward, make sure you’re logged in to the same account you used to book, and then when you add tickets to Moll and the Future Kings to your basket, the discount will be applied. If you have any problems, please just contact the Box Office, who will be happy to help.