As part of her post-show event series, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will host an expert panel discussion on gay theatre pre- and post-decriminalisation 50 years ago, following Lazarus Theatre’s re-imagining of Christopher Marlowe classic Edward II at Tristan Bates Theatre on Thursday 31 August 2017. Got any questions? Book tickets to join her here.
Oh, how I love chairing post-show panel debates for Lazarus Theatre. After events to pioneering productions of The Taming of the Shrew, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Beggars’ Opera, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Tamburlaine, I’m delighted to chair an event to Lazarus’ latest offering, Christopher Marlowe’s epic ‘gay play’ classic, Edward II.
The King is dead. His son, Edward II, is crowned King. His first act: to call home from banishment his lover, Gaveston.
Christoper Marlowe’s gay epic comes to the stage in a fresh, bold and stripped-back ensemble Lazarus Theatre production marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
Edward II is adapted and directed by Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes and stars Luke Ward-Wilkinson (Lord of the Flies, Sleeping Beauty, TV’s Doctors, Luther, Beautiful People, Wild at Heart) in the title role.
Luke commented on his new role:
“I am extremely humbled and excited to have the opportunity to portray one of England’s most reviled Kings in one of the most iconic plays ever written. I cannot wait to get stuck into the text and discover this incredible play with the company!”
Also in the company are: Lakesha Cammock, Bradley Frith, Jamie O’Neill, Alex Zur, John Slade, Stephen Emery, Andrew Gallo and David Clayton.
How pertinent is Marlowe’s classic as we reach this milestone year in British history? How far have we come in gay rights? How far do we still have to go? How has and does theatre play a part?
After the performance of Edward II on Thursday 31 August 2017 at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre, I’ll chair a panel comprising Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes and other expert guests. The Q&A is free to all ticket-holders.