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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.

New indicates that a production has been added to the list this month.
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this month.

[P] indicates a professional production.
[A] indicates an amateur production.

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 1 December – 2 February 2019 (020 7401 9919) [P]


Dark Night of the Soul - The Feminine Response to the Faustian Myth by Lily Bevan, Athena Stevens, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence.

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 29 December – 2 February 2019 (020 7401 9919). The 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. [P]

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Masque Theatre. Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, 2 – 6 April, 2019. [A]


The Duchess (of Malfi) by John Webster. Adapted by Zinnie Harris.

Royal 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. [P]

Edward II by Christopher Marlowe

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 7 February 2019 – 20 April (020 7401 9919) [P]


After Edward by Tom Stuart

Shakespeare’s 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. [P]

A Game at Chess by Thomas Middleton

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 2 December (020 7401 9919). Part of the Read Not Dead series. [P]

The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company and Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre Company. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Barbican Centre, London, 5 – 8 June 2019 (0845 120 7550) [P]

Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Michael Boyd. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16 August – 1 December (01789 403493). [P]

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford

Oooh Arrr Productions. Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 10 – 13 December (0117 973 5171) [P]


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