“Why would you love him who the world hates so? Because he loves me more than all the world.”
The award-winning Lazarus Theatre Company is launching its year-long residency at London’s Greenwich Theatre with its acclaimed production of Edward II.
Christopher Marlowe’s epic masterpiece is set to run from January 16-27, directed by the company’s artistic director Ricky Dukes. Another two productions will be announced next month.
The King is dead. His son, Edward II, is crowned King. His first act: to call home from banishment his lover, Gaveston.
Edward II returns to the stage in an explosive ensemble production after a sell-out 2017 run which marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
Says Ricky: ““We are thrilled to be taking up a yearlong residency at The Greenwich Theatre, a venue that has such theatrical heritage.
“We begin with one of the most thematically modern plays of the classical cannon, a transfer of our 2017 production of Marlowe’s politically charged and sexually explosive Edward II.”
Note that the production contains full male nudity and scenes of a sexual and violent nature. Recommended for those over the age of 16.
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