Glasgay! production adapted from Louise Welsh’s award-winning novel
TAMBURLAINE MUST DIE
by Louise Welsh
Adapted, Directed and Designed for the stage by Kenny Miller
Tron Theatre, Glasgow 3-11 November 2007
Lighting Design by Graham Sutherland
Produced by Steven Thomson
It is 1593 and London is a city on the edge. Under threat from Plague and war, it is a desperate place where strangers are unwelcome and severed heads grin from spikes on Tower Bridge. Queen Elizabeth is approaching death and hasn’t yet appointed a successor. Religious tensions are high, the future uncertain and old alliances no guarantee of safety. It is a time of intrigues, double agents, state torture and necromancy. A time when to transgress is to risk your life.
Poet, playwright and spy Christopher Marlowe is thrown into the centre of the tensions when he is forcibly returned to London on a libel charge that could cost him his head. The true author of the libel has signed himself Tamburlaine, the name of Marlowe’s most violent and successful creation. Marlowe determines to track him down and embarks on a journey that pits him against church and state and reveals that there are worse fates than damnation.
with Linda Cuthbert and Ross Brown