Christopher Marlowe Stages a Home County Comeback
Kent Theatre Company to perform Marlowe’s Edward II, with a press preview at Canterbury Castle on 10 October, 2009
http://www.kenttheatrecompany.org.uk ) is preparing for its debut production of Edward II, by Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe. This autumn, the company will take an epic production of the 16th century play - with its very 21st century themes of sex, power and revenge - on tour around Kent, Marlowe’s home county.
Marlowe's drama, about a homosexual monarch and the nobles who plan a mutiny against him, was infamously banned from school curriculums across the country. The anti-hero king, who loses his throne and his life because of his love for another man, is a role made famous by Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen and Joseph Fiennes.
With a cast of more than 20 actors, the Kent Theatre Company’s production is set in 1940s post apocalyptic England, vividly colouring the original text of a king’s struggle to keep power in a dark and dilapidated world. The fast-paced, sensational and bloody staging, with its many twists and turns of plot, is expected to have audiences on the edge of their seats.
Ricky Flax, artistic director, Kent Theatre Company, says: “Edward II is a rarely performed text from one of England’s greatest playwrights. It may have been written more than 400 years ago, but Marlowe’s examination of sexuality, religion and politics makes the play seem incredibly contemporary. If Shakespeare was a poet then Marlowe was a film director.”
Formed this year, the Kent Theatre Company aims to rejuvenate the arts in the South East, and to make classical texts more accessible to modern audiences. It is the only professional classical company in the region.
Tour dates include: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October, Canterbury Castle; Saturday 17 October, The Roundhouse, Dover; Wednesday 28 October, The Hazlitt, Maidstone; Friday 6 November, The Tower Theatre, Folkestone; Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Further dates will be confirmed shortly, and tickets can be purchased through the theatres.
The performance on 10 October at Canterbury Castle is a preview for press and VIPs, including a free drinks reception after the show. To reserve tickets email Rehearsals are also open to press; if you wish to attend we rehearse Monday-Friday 10:00-16:00 in Canterbury. For more information please email or call Ricky on 07985 109 283.
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