Edward II

Edward II

3.7 (3) · Classical & Opera

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


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.

Critic reviews

An exhilarating production of Christopher Marlowe’s play featuring a fantastic performance by Tom Stuart

The Stage

Setting aside its qualities as a right-royal soap opera, the show's core appeal is as a surprisingly nuanced depiction of same-sex love early-modern theatre


Pacy production that misses a crucial point

The Telegraph

Nick Bagnall’s production ably draws out the parallels with Shakespeare’s Richard II and the cast speak the verse beautifully

The Guardian

There's not much sizzle in this straight-up staging of Marlowe's homoerotic history play

Time Out

Nick Bagnall’s swift, compressed production of Christopher Marlowe’s play is good fun — but light on darkness

Financial Times

There’s strong work at the centre from Stuart but elsewhere in the 10-strong company there is some uneven acting

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 7 Feb - Sat 20 Apr, 2pm & 7.30pm


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