Yellow Earth Theatre’s production of Tamburlaine, Christopher Marlowe’s electrifying two-part study of tyranny and ambition, has been distilled into just two hours, for this ground-breaking run at the Arcola Theatre in March and April this year.
Director, Ng Choon Ping, has created a fascinating peice of theatre that manages to preserve the “rhythm of relentless onslaught in the original” by showing how cruelty and conquest can seduce both the powerful and the marginalised.
Tamburlaine’s charismatic antihero massacres his way across Asia, the Middle East and Europe in his thirst for conquest; while his savagery is vast and vicious, his passions are detailed on a disturbingly human scale. He is a family man, a loving husband and an ambitious father.
Yellow Earth Theatre will bring this rarely performed, complex drama to the Arcola Theatre from March 15th with a cast of just six actors.
Lourdes Faberes will take on the role of Tamburlaine – the first female actor to do so.
Yellow Earth Theatre Company is based at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, south London, not far from Marlowe’s unmarked grave at St Nicholas’s Church.
Tamburlaine by Christopher Marlowe
Adapted and directed by Ng Choon Ping
March 15th – April 8th London, Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL
Tickets: £14-£17 www.arcolatheatre.com 020 7503 1646
Director: Ng Choon Ping
Artistic Director: Kumiko Mendl
Designer: Moi Tran
Musician and composer: Joji Hirota
Video Designer: Gillian Tan