Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • WHEN /

    29 Jul – 21 Aug

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • AGES /

    Recommended for ages 18+

  • WARNING /

    Contains explicit material not suitable for children

Season 2016

Edward II

// pays the ultimate price for making the personal political.

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • WHEN /

    29 Jul – 21 Aug

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • AGES /

    Recommended for ages 18+

  • WARNING /

    Contains explicit material not suitable for children

Edward II / is a leader who fails to lead – a king who loses everything because of his addiction to another man. Newly crowned and convinced he’s invincible, he flaunts his affair and in doing so, affronts the nation.

Anthony Weigh’s new play gives Christopher Marlowe’s 14th century king a facelift, leaving the Elizabethan language behind, to meld the lust and politics of the 14th and 21st centuries to dizzying effect.

Edward is the narcissist you’ll stay up all night for, but there will be blood on the dance floor when the sun rises.

Marlowe’s tale of obsession and revolution has fascinated artists for centuries. Reinvented by Brecht, reimagined by filmmaker Derek Jarman, and now radically revamped by director Matthew Lutton, expect a collision of danger and fabulous extravagance. A perverse, sexy and provocative look at a leader who / pays the ultimate price for making the personal political.

[Edward II] has an ecstatic eroticism and the plot a non-stop volatility, a fatal momentum.

– The Guardian

By / Anthony Weigh
Direction / Matthew Lutton
Cast includes / Paul Ashcroft, Johnny Carr, Marco Chiappi, Belinda McClory

Set & Costume Design / Marg Horwell
Lighting Design / Paul Jackson
Composition & Sound Design / Kelly Ryall

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Preview
Friday 29 July, 7.30pm
Saturday 30 July, 7.30pm
Monday 1 August, 6.30pm
Tuesday 2 August, 7.30pm

Opening night
Wednesday 3 August, 7.30pm 

Time to Talk
Tuesday 9 August, 6.30pm

Monash Meets Malthouse Theatre
Saturday 20 August 5pm

Read Program

Read Edward II program online here.

Production partners and supporters

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