RSC Tamburlaine Review

The RSC’s Tamburlaine

Jude Owusu as Tamburlaine
Jude Owusu as Tamburlaine. Photo copyright of the RSC.

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.


Show Info

Dates:  From now until 1 December 2018.
Running Time: 3 hours 2 minutes + 20 minute interval
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Annual Marlowe Lecture – 24 November 2018

This year’s Marlowe Lecture will take place at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames at 5 pm, on Saturday, the 24th November.

We are very pleased to say that the lecture will be given by Professor Frank Whately and will be about Marlowe and Edward Alleyn.  Those who heard Frank at the Marlowe-Shakespeare Conference in Kingston last November will testify to his brilliance as a communicator. Moreover, the approaching publication of his book on Alleyn makes the event all the more enticing.

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