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19 Apr - 20 Apr 2017
  • Approx 2 hrs 20 mins, including interval
  • £13.50 & discounts

WED 19 APR – Post-show talk with Dr Mary Mazzilli, (Lecturer of Drama and Literature, University of Essex), Kumiko Mendl (Yellow Earth), Prof John Gilles (LiFTs) and director Ng Choon Pin. The discussion is free to attend and no is booking required. See below for details.

Ambition. Subjugation. Immortality.

Yellow Earth Theatre presents Christopher Marlowe’s thrilling, controversial, and compelling masterpiece; Tamburlaine. The story of a lowly shepherd who rises to power and conquers half the world through sheer brutality and self-belief.

In a startling new adaptation, it calls into question the nature of masculinity and violence. What makes a king? What makes a father? What makes a man?

In the modern world, where retaliatory air strikes are applauded as strength, where social justice is a luxury that must give way to economic expansion, where much of the devastation in the Middle East is a legacy of Western imperialism – Marlowe holds up a mirror to reveal our deepest and darkest desires, and asks whether art should comfort or disrupt.

Post-show talk

Yellow Earth, LiFTs (University of Essex) and Mercury Theatre invite you to a panel discussing the state of BEA theatre today, and Elizabethan theatre in the modern times.

A panel chaired by Dr. Mary Mazzilli (LiFTs) together with Kumiko Mendl (Yellow Earth), Prof John Gilles (LiFTs) and director Ng Choon Ping will lead a discussion on the following four topics:

  • #yellowface
  • Intercultural theatre
  • Marlowe and cultural appropriation
  • Race and gender in theatre

This panel session will follow the performance on 19 April.


Mercury Studio Theatre
  • Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT, Essex, UK

Box Office: 01206 573948

The Mercury's 98-seater Studio theatre, with parking nearby at St. Mary’s multi-storey car park!

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