Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at the Olivier Theatre

Date Posted: 17/06/2013

Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, billed as an exploration of power, sexual obsession and the destruction of a king, plays at the National Theatre’s Olivier from 4th September.

Billed as a contemporary take on Marlowe’s erotic and violent play, John Heffernan takes the title role of Edward II, with Queen Isabella to be played by Vanessa Kirby.

Synopsis of Edward II

Hot on the heels of his coronation, Edward II recalls his lover Gaveston from exile, lavishing him with titles and riches.

Their all-consuming lust makes enemies of the furious barons and bishops, alienates the King’s once-devoted Queen, and tears England to pieces.

Ultimately, the monarch himself is destroyed as are many of those who stood both at his side and in his way. 

Edward II workshop for school trips

An in-depth workshop for Key Stages 4 and 5, led by the production’s staff director, will explore Marlowe’s text and the process of bringing the play to the stage.

Taking place from 2.30pm to 5pm on Tuesday 22nd October, the cost of the Edward II Revealed workshop will be £5 per student.

There will be one free teacher place available for school group bookings of ten or more.

Teachers arranging a school trip to the National Theatre can also take advantage of discounted theatre tickets for parties of ten or more.

For further school trip information contact:

020-7452 3010

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