Death played by Nadia Sangari
Cecilia Dorland’s theatre company, Scena Mundi, has taken on the task of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II in repertory with Shakespeare’s Richard II, which is an apt comparison as both monarchs were ultimately inept leaders.
It is interesting to see both plays side by side as Shakespeare was obviously inspired by Marlowe’s tale, which was beautifully undertaken.
Staged in St Bartholomew the Great - London’s oldest standing church, the space is marvelously used, bringing to life the Royal court and making the audience feel as though they are part of the action.
To be completely surrounded by history makes you forget the modern world outside.
The ensemble cast were fantastic, with a couple of actors taking on more than one role. Edward Fisher stars as the ill fated King Edward II and perfectly demonstrates the deranged characteristics of a leader who is slowly losing power.
Ava Amande as Queen Isabella of France, was so elegant in her physicality you believe she is descended from royal stock - a woman with a revengeful scorn that would ultimately lead to her own destruction.
The 80s themed costumes and music were a fabulous touch. The juxtaposition added that extra je ne sais quoi. Penny Rischmiller who was in charge of design and costume made it visually stunning with black leather and gold studs.
I recommend you go watch this dark tragedy. It is an experience I will not forget and I imagine neither will you.
Edward II is showing at Saint Bartholomew The Great, West Smithfield, London, until July 3. Richard II is on at the same venue until July 2.
For more information go to http://www.scenamundi.co.uk