Lazarus Theatre Company
22nd August – 9th September 2017
The Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden
The King is dead. His son, Edward II, is crowned King. His first act: to call home from banishment his lover, Gaveston.
"Why would you love him who the world hates so? Because he loves me more than all the world.”
Marlowe’s gay epic comes to the stage in this all-new, raw and exposing ensemble production marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
Edward II sees our return to The Tristan Bates Theatre and The Camden Fringe after our smash hit productions of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Coriolanus and Tamburlaine.
Please note this production contains full male nudity and scenes of a sexual and violent nature.
★★★★★ “Visceral, brutal and horrifically messy… An exceptional, must-see production which will entertain, move and repulse you in equal measures”
Views from the Gods
Cast and Creative
Edward II – Luke Ward-Wilkinson
Queen Isabella – Lakesha Cammock
Gaveston – Bradley Frith
Kent – Alex Zur
Mortimer – Jamie O’Neill
Mortimer Senior – Andrew Gallo
Warwick – John Slade
Lancaster – Stephen Emery
Canterbury – David Clayton
All other roles played by the company
Written by Christopher Marlowe
Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes
Designed by Sorcha Corcoran
Costume Design by Cristiano Casimiro
Lighting Design by Ben Jacobs
Sound Design by Jack Barton
Dramaturge – Sara Reimers
Stage Manager – Charlotte R L Cooper
Assistant Director – Dinos Psychogios
Company Photographer – Adam Trigg
Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston
Associate Producer – Gavin Harrington-Odedra
★★★★ “Bravo, Lazarus Theatre Company, for delivering a production that packs a powerful and pertinent punch in 2017”
Angela Johnson, Entertainment Focus
Edward II Post Show Q&A...
How pertinent is Marlowe’s classic as we reach this milestone year in British history? How far have we come in gay rights? How far do we still have to go? How has and does theatre play a part?
Join Terri Paddock as she discusses with Mark Woolgar, Zack Polanski, Luke Ward-Wilkinson, The Marlowe Society and our Director Ricky Dukes EdwardII.
You can listen to the podcast here.
★★★★ “A beautifully adapted Edward II”
Greg Stewart, Theatre Weekly
Marlowe... the man, the spy, the playwright...
Christopher Marlowe as poet and playwright was at the forefront of the 16th Century dramatic renaissance, a man to whom Shakespeare and others owe a huge debt of gratitude. He also led a full and intriguing life outside the theatre. Entangled in the outer reaches of the Elizabethan espionage web, Marlowe's life is alleged to have ended prematurely in 1593 when, at just 29, he was reportedly stabbed to death in Deptford.
To find out more about Christopher Marlowe or to join the Marlowe Society then click here.
★★★★ “An explosive and riveting production… Does full justice to the poetry and power of Marlowe’s original… A superlative show, powerfully performed by all”
Peter Yates, LondonTheatre1
Edward II in the press
★★★★★ View from the Gods
★★★★★ Fairy Powered Pro
★★★★ Thrifty Theatre Thinker
★★★★ Mind the Blog
★★★★ Entertainment Focus
★★★★ Theatre Weekly
★★★★ London Theatre1
“The play is magnetic, and so too is this production”
Camden Fringe Voyeur
“The performance rivals the best seen on the Royal Shakespeare Company stage”
Joe Morgan, Gay Star News
“A world of toxic masculinity and political power-play”
There Ought to be Clowns
“A world of toxic masculinity and political power-play… Lazarus' inspired and intelligent reading of Edward II here reminds us it truly is a gay play for the ages”
There Ought to be Clowns