Rehearsal photos and show trailer have now been released for the Troupe’s forthcoming new production of rarely seen 17th-century classic The Cardinal.
James Shirley’s tragic 1641 masterpiece, The Cardinal , comes to Southwark Playhouse in 2017, in a new production starring Stephen Boxer (as the Cardinal) and Natalie Simpson (as Duchess Rosaura) and directed by Justin Audibert. It has a limited season from 26 April to 27 May 2017, with a press night on 28 April.
“All great men know, the soul of life is fame.”
The state of Navarre is in crisis. An unscrupulous Cardinal has the ear of the King and is hungry for power. The Duchess Rosaura longs to marry the Count D’Alvarez, but the Cardinal wants her for his brutish nephew. To tighten his grip on the Kingdom, the ruthless Cardinal will stop at nothing to secure the marriage. But in the Duchess it seems he has finally met his match…
The Cardinal (1641) was one of the last plays staged in England before Oliver Cromwell’s ban on theatre. With remarkably lucid and fast-paced dialogue, it is the captivating story of a religious monster and his relentless pursuit of power.
In addition to Boxer and Simpson, the cast includes: Sophia Carr-Gomm, Phil Cheadle, Ashley Cook, Marcus Griffiths, Patrick Osborne, Jay Saighal, Timothy Speyer, Paul Westwood and Rosie Wyatt. The new production of The Cardinal is designed by Anna Reid, with lighting by Peter Harrison, sound by Max Pappenheim. It’s produced by Troupe.