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Tamburlaine archiveMarlowe'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 listings for Tamburlaine

Work type: Play.


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).
16 Aug 18 to 1 Dec 18Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V136
listing details L02018309579


Producer Bristol Old Vic. Producer BITE:05. Producer Barbican. Producer Young Vic. Adapted by David Farr. Director David Farr. Design Ti Green. Lighting Neil Austin. Music Keith Clouston. Sound Jason Barnes. Director Yael Shavit (assistant). Performer Greg Hicks (Tamburlaine). Performer Kolade Agboke (Usumcasane). Performer Tim Chipping (Cosroe/King of Jerusalem). Performer David Hounslow (Soldan/Oracanes). Performer Chuk Iwuji (Theridamus). Performer Stephen Kennedy (Techelles). Performer Jeffery Kissoon (Bajazeth). Performer Ben Lambert (Basso/Celebinus). Performer Vinta Morgan (Mycetes/Callapine). Performer Ann Ogbomo (Zabina). Performer Katy Stephens (Anippe/Olympia). Performer Rachael Stirling (Zenocrate). Performer Rachael Stirling (Zenocrate). Performer Will Tacy (Almeda/Meander). Performer Robert Vernon (Amyras/Ortygius). Performer John Wark (Agydas/Calyphas).
9 Nov 05 to 19 Nov 05Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
listing details L1804211178
7 Oct 05 to 29 Oct 05Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
listing details L01167031334

Part 1 - Read Not Dead Series - T01972849612

Rehearsed reading.
14 Mar 04Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, West End :: V165
listing details L623751817

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19 Apr 17 to 20 Apr 17Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37
listing details L0359382402

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