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Edward II

Hot on the heels of his coronation, Edward II recalls his lover Gaveston from exile, lavishing him with titles and riches. Their all-consuming love makes enemies of the establishment, alienates the King’s once-devoted Queen and threatens to tear the kingdom to pieces. A political thriller and an intense love story, Edward II is a powerful exploration of how far society will go to destroy a love seen as taboo.

The critical consensus

This Edward II emerges as a rough-edged but heartfelt tribute to a play whose boldness in celebrating gay love remains striking today and must, in its time, have been truly astounding.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 17/07/2018

For all of its vintage tailoring, gramophones and wide-eyed torch songs, it's a play which is somewhat hard to warm to – perhaps because it is so rooted in misanthropy and one-upmanship.

***(*)(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 17/07/2018

There’s a sense of urgency to Barr’s production that brings out a set of fearless performances from all four actors.

*****Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 16/07/2018

Inevitably, Barr’s focus on the love story tends to overshadow the explorations of power and society in Marlowe’s play.

***(*)(*)Allan Radcliffe, 18/07/2018

An admirable staging of an important play.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 23/07/2018

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Where and when?

Bard in the Botanics, Glasgow from Thursday July 12, 2018, until Saturday July 28, 2018. More info:

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