Only plays of the highest quality are allowed to grace the stage of the National Theatre, so guests enjoying a stay in a luxury London hotel can be sure that Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II is worth seeing.
Running from August 28th to October 25th, Marlowe’s story is an exploration of sexual obsession, power, corruption and greed.
The story focuses on King Edward II, who takes the decision to recall his lover Gaveston from exile following his coronation.
Upon Gaveston’s return from the wilderness, the king showers him with gifts, titles and affection, which does not go unnoticed by those who had supported the king and were given very little in return.
As a result, the barons and bishops turn against their ruler and his autocratic ways, while his once-devoted queen becomes increasingly distant from her husband, who shamelessly abuses the power vested in him.
The resulting feuds tear England apart and eventually lead to the monarch’s demise.
This heady concoction of love, hate, jealousy and power makes for a thrilling play and guests staying in luxury London accommodation will find few other shows of this calibre anywhere.
An erotic and violent play in parts, it is suitable for those aged 15 and over.
Joe Hill-Gibbins is the man tasked with bringing Marlowe’s play to life, with John Heffernan taking the lead role. He has previously starred in She Stoops to Conquer, After the Dance and The Revenger’s Tragedy, all of which did well during runs at the theatre.
The National Theatre is one of the jewels in London’s creative crown and its location – nestled on the South Bank – means that it is not only easily accessible but also surrounded by other attractions, so couples can take in other sites before settling down to this engaging spectacle.
Visitors can take the tube to Waterloo, Southwark or Embankment and enjoy a short stroll to the theatre. Alternatively there are extensive bus links, so whichever mode of transport people prefer, getting to and from the venue should pose few problems.