The RSC's Tamburlaine [caption id="attachment_1648" align="alignright" width="300"] Jude Owusu as Tamburlaine. Photo copyright of the RSC.[/caption] The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has produced at Stratford-on-Avon’s Swan Theatre an impressive Tamburlaine. It is gripping and fast-moving, without losing any of the poetry or meaning. Jude Owusu, who plays Tamburlaine, is a tall black actor who dominates the stage whenever he appears on it, especially when wearing a glittering gold crown. His towering figure well presents both the monstrous and the magnetically-attractive sides of Tamburlaine. Rosy McEwen is Zenocrate and she and the many others in the cast are all good. Part One of the plays is performed before the interval, with Part Two after it. Some cuts give a total performance time of three and a half hours (including the interval). My guess is that the production will not transfer to London as it would need considerable adaptation from the Swan’s layout to the Barbican theatre. So, see it at Stratford-on-Avon if you can! Review by Valerie Colin-Russ.
Welcome to the Marlowe Society
The Marlowe Society is a registered charity whose objects are to provide, develop and encourage the advancement of education for the public benefit in the field of Elizabethan literature, and that of Christopher Marlowe in particular. Here, you can learn more about the genius of Christopher Marlowe, engage with historians and fellow enthusiasts, participate in events to celebrate the life and works of Marlowe, and contribute to expanding our community.
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. Learn more about his life.
The Objects of The Marlowe Society are to present Christopher Marlowe in his true light as a great poet and playwright, the innovator of blank verse drama; to encourage the performance of his plays; to discuss and study Elizabethan and Jacobean literature with particular attention to Marlowe’s place in it; and to publish historically valid information about him based on research. Read more about the Society’s policy, including its position on the Shakespearean Authorship debate.
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