Edward II - Olivier Theatre, National

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Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

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Christopher Marlowe’s history play Edward II makes its way to the National Theatre on South Bank as part of the Olivier Theatre’s season in 2013. Featuring John Heffernan as the titular king and Kyle Soller among the supporting cast members, the production is due to make an impression on audiences from August 2013 with Joe Hill-Gibbins directing.

Described as a contemporary take on the Marlow’s classic play, Hill Gibbins’ production will see Edward II, fresh from coronation, call upon Gaveston to return to England from exile and sews the seeds of destruction in the country. Upon his return he is bestowed honours and wealth and the lust between the two alienates the king from those around him. His barons are furious about the love between the two men, as is the Queen, and this could ultimately lead to an England lying in tatters.

John Heffernan has appeared in a range of shows for the National Theatre over the years, including She Stoops to Conquer at the Olivier National Theatre, After The Dance at the Lyttelton National Theatre and The Habit Of Art at the Lyttelton National Theatre, with The Hothouse at the Trafalgar Studios 1 among his West End roles – a production that preceded The Pride as part of Trafalgar Transformed. Audiences might also recognise his screen work, which has included shows such as Holby Blue, Casualty and The Shadow Line, among others.

Edward II is set to head to the stage of the Olivier National Theatre following Othello with Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester. The production runs at the venue from Wednesday 4th September 2013 (previews from Wednesday 28th August 2013).  

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 30th August 2013
Booking Until: Thursday, 24th October 2013
Show Status: production_closed
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