Current and Forthcoming Renaissance Drama Productions in the UK
December 2018 onwards
All the productions that we know about from the current month
onwards are included in this list.
indicates that a production has been added to the list this
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this
[P] indicates a
[A] indicates an amateur production.
by Christopher Marlowe.
Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 1 December – 2 February
2019 (020 7401 9919)
Dark Night of the Soul - The Feminine Response to the Faustian Myth
Athena Stevens, Lisa Hammond
Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 29 December – 2 February
2019 (020 7401 9919).
Faustian myth continues to fascinate and intrigue, particularly
in times of moral crisis. But the myth has been so appropriated
by the man, the male, the masculine, that there has been little
exploration or discovery of what it means for the woman, the
female, the feminine, to stop at a crossroads and ‘sell her
soul’. Macbeth and Doctor Faustus are
Shakespeare’s and Marlowe’s responses to the Faustian bargain,
so whilst they are performed throughout the winter, a new series
of responses will play in tandem, all written for the unique
architectural playing conditions of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
The Duchess of Malfi
by John Webster
Masque Theatre. Church of
the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, 2 – 6 April, 2019.
The Duchess (of Malfi)
by John Webster. Adapted by Zinnie
Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 17 May
2019 – 8 June
(0131 248 4848).
Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi is perhaps the most thrilling and chilling of
the Jacobean revenge tragedies – an exploration of male rage and
female resistance as two bothers try and control their sister,
block her marriage and repress her agency with fatal results. It
was these themes of patriarchy versus female empowerment which
convinced Zinnie Harris that the play is ripe for an adaptation
which chimes with our contemporary concerns surrounding #MeToo
and the abuse of male power. Tickets go on sale June 2018.
Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 7 February 2019 – 20
April (020 7401 9919)
by Tom Stuart
Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 21 March
2019 – 6 April
(020 7401 9919).
Edward II wanders on to the empty stage, bloodied
and confused. He has no idea where he is, or how he got here,
but he does have an ominous feeling that something is wrong. As
that feeling grows, so too does the threat on the other side of
the auditorium doors. Edward finds himself locked inside the
theatre with some rather anarchic fellow inmates: Gertrude
Stein, Harvey Milk and Quentin Crisp. As they set about
unravelling what has happened, only one thing is certain:
everything is not as it seems... A daring new play written
specifically for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in response to
Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, After Edward
welcomes us into a chaotic world of pride and shame, with
moments of elation, outrageous humour and heart-breaking
tenderness. Oh, and Maggie Thatcher. In a play that reminds us
of the power of theatre to provoke recognition and reflection,
this is Edward II as
you’ve never seen him before.
A Game at Chess by
Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 2 December
(020 7401 9919). Part of the Read Not Dead series.
The Knight of the Burning Pestle
by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company and
Drama Theatre Company. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Barbican Centre, London, 5 – 8 June 2019 (0845 120 7550)
by Christopher Marlowe
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Michael Boyd. Swan
Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16 August – 1 December (01789
‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford
Oooh Arrr Productions.
Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 10 – 13 December (0117 973 5171)