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VenueSwan Theatre
From16th August 2018
Opened23rd August 2018
To1st December 2018
When19:00. Aug 25, Sep 1,22,26, Oct 3,6,13,20,27,31, Nov 3,7,17,21, Dec 1 Mats 13:00
What is currently on at Swan Theatre (V136)


Marlowe's two plays based on the life of the 14th century conqueror Timur the Lame, were among the most successful on the Elizabethan stage. They are rarely performed in full today - producers and directors preferring to conflate the two plays in one. Part One charts Tamburlaine's ruthless rise from Scythian shepherd to 'most puissant and mightye monarque'. He conquers nearly every city and country on his maps of North Africa and the Middle East: Persia, Turkey, Fez, Argiers, Morocco, Damascus and Arabia. The number and nature of the deaths described or depicted on stage will startle the ear and eye. Only his love for the fair and divine Zenocrate rivals his lust for power. His final victory in this part is the defeat of Zenocrate's father, the Soldan of Egypt. For once Tamburlaine is 'compassionate' and restores the Soldan's lands. He does so standing over the dead bodies of the King of Arabia, Bajazeth, Emperor of Turkey, and Bajazeth's wife, and declares 'a truce with all the world'. But only until Part Two.
Author Christopher Marlowe

Archive :: production:T0102471342, play:S1286567958, venue:V136

Production details

Special Performances

  • 21 Nov 18 Captioned


Company Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Michael Boyd
Design Tom Piper
Lighting Colin Grenfell
Music James Jones
Sound Claire Windsor
Director Liz Ranken (movement)
Director Terry King (fight)
Performer Jude Owusu (Tamburlaine)
Performer Salman Akhtar (Magnetes/Capolin/Amyras)
Performer Sagar I M Arya (Bajazeth/Trebizon)
Performer Raj Bajaj (Ceneus/Argier/Calyphas)
Performer Shamia Chalabi (Persian Courtier)
Performer James Clyde (Menaphon/Morocco/Jerusalem)
Performer Anton Cross (Persian Courtier/Bajazeth Lord/Soldier/Celebinus)
Performer Ralph Davis (Agydas/Arabia/Orcanes)
Performer Ross Green (Ortygius/Tunis/Captain)
Performer Mark Hadfield (Mycetes/Soldan/Almeda/Amasia)
Performer Zainab Hasan (Anippe/Olympia)
Performer Naveed Khan (Soldier)
Performer Debbie Korley (Zabina/Soria)
Performer Rosy McEwen (Zenocrate/Callapine)
Performer Sam Pay (Soldier)
Performer Riad L Richie (Usumcasane)
Performer David Rubin (Techelles)
Performer Vivienne Smith (Ebea/First Virgin)
Performer David Sturzaker (Cosroe/Fez/Sigismund/Governor of Babylon)
Performer Yasmin Taheri (Second Virgin)
Performer James Tucker (Meander/Basso/Governor of Damascus/Baldwin/Perdicas)
Performer Edmund Wiseman (Theridamas)

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