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19 Apr - 20 Apr
  • 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). Free to attend, no booking required.

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.


Upcoming Performances

Wed, 19 Apr 17
8:00 pm
Thu, 20 Apr 17
8:00 pm



Make a night of it by booking a pre-show meal at Food @ the Mercury. Simply add either a two (£13.95) or three course (£15.95) meal to your basket along with your theatre tickets.

No need to choose what you are having in advance – simply select from the delicious options available on the night.

This show has been paired with our Mercury Signature menu. Click here to take a look!

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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