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Christopher Marlowe Stages a Home County Comeback

2009-09-29
Kent Theatre Company to perform Marlowe’s Edward II, with a press preview at Canterbury Castle on 10 October, 2009


September 29, 2009, Press Dispensary. New theatre group the Kent Theatre Company (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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About the Kent Theatre Company
The company was formed in 2009 by 21-year-old Ricky Flax. The fast growing ensemble bridges a gap for a large, professional theatre company in the region. It aims to bring fresh ideas and modern approaches to theatre practice to make it more relevant to today’s audiences. It holds regular rehearsal workshops with masters of the field and gives actors at the start of their careers the opportunity of professional experience.

About Christopher Marlowe
Born in 1564, Marlowe was an English playwright, poet, and supposed spy for Queen Elizabeth. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian next to William Shakespeare, he is best known for his plays Tamburlaine the Great and Doctor Faustus. Marlowe was killed in a pub brawl in 1593, and controversy still surrounds his untimely death. Some claim he was deliberately silenced to stop him exposing state secrets, or because of his alleged atheism and homosexuality. The ‘Marlowe myth’ also extends to the long-argued theory that he may have written portions of what is commonly known as the Shakespearean canon.

For further information, please contact:
Ricky Flax, artistic director
Kent Theatre Company

Tel: 07985 109 283

Email:
Site: www.kenttheatrecompany.org.uk

Media contacts

Ricky Flax, artistic director
Tel: 07985 109 283

Email:
Site: www.kenttheatrecompany.org.uk

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