Why See The Two Noble Kinsmen?
'Tis pity love should be so tyrannous
Former Artistic Director of the Northern Broadsides Barrie Rutter steps up to lead this intriguing collaboration between Shakespeare and John Fletcher. Originally causing some controversy, the joined authorship is now accepted by The Bard's scholars and is considered his final play.
Never more come near me with such friendship, the story of The Two Noble Kinsmen
Based on Chaucer's A Knight's Tale from his Canterbury Tales, Two Noble Kinsmen transports us back to ancient Greece where two men are caught up the war between Athens and Thebes. Once the best of friends, they find their camaraderie turning to rivalry as both fall in love with the same woman from their shared prison cell window. Determined to do what it takes to win her hand, they both escape their bounds for an epic showdown that must, on the King's orders, prove fatal for the other.
Tragic and comedic at the same time ( embodied by the rest of the folk enjoying a merry May Day celebration whilst our heroes duel it out), Two Noble Kinsman is still relatable to today's times, where the pursuit of love continues to make fools of us all.
Opening night: 25 May 2018
Audio-Described Performance Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm Relaxed Performance Saturday 16 June, 2.00pm Captioned Performance Tuesday 26 June, 7.30pm BSL Interpreted Performance Saturday 9 June, 2.00pm
Cast and Creative
Paul Stocker as Palamon
Bryan Dick as Arcite
Matt Henry as Pirithous
Jude Akuwudike as Theseus
Moyo Akande as Hippolyta
Ellora Torchia as Emilia
Sue Devaney as First Queen
Francesca Mills as Jailer's Daughter
Andy Cryer, Melissa James, Kat Rose-Martin, Jon Trenchard as Jos Vantyler
Directed by Barrie Rutter
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Until Aug 11, 2018
This bracingly clever, bleakly funny play offers no easy answers to any of its questions: what is justice, what is vengeance, and which is right?
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