The RSC’s Tamburlaine
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.
Dates: From now until 1 December 2018.
Running Time: 3 hours 2 minutes + 20 minute interval