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Edward II

National Theatre, 28th August to 26th October

Christopher Marlowe’s last play goaded Shakespeare to respond with the more frequently performed Richard II. But Marlowe’s magnificent chronicle of an acclaimed and then imprisoned monarch, and his favoured catamite, Piers Gaveston, can still seem a strikingly modern and controversial play.

Joe Hill-Gibbins’s production is part of the Travelex £12 ticket scheme in the Olivier auditorium, and is unlikely to stint on homoerotic tension, brutality among the barons and the red hot poker…

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