Last chance to see, playing until 26 October.
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.
All live to die, and rise to fall.
A behind-the-scenes exploration of power, sexual obsession, and a king who treats the realm as his playground. The National offers a contemporary take on Christopher Marlowe’s magnificent, erotic and violent play.
I will have Gaveston, and you shall know
What danger ’tis to stand against your king.
Suitable for 15yrs+
Audio-described performances at 7.30pm on Friday 18 October, and at 2pm on Saturday 19 October. The Saturday performance is preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm
First performance: 7.30pm Wednesday 28 August 2013
Final performance: 7.30pm Saturday 26 October 2013
At the South Bank, London SE1 9PX