Edward II - The Gay King

TG Oostpool | Charli Chung
Sat 29 Jan 20:30
29 Jan

Lessons in love & politics.

Christopher Marlowe's king's drama, combined with Shakespeare's homoerotic sonnets, adapted by Jibbe Willems and turned into a quirky costume drama by theatre director Charli Chung: that promises to be a great evening that will definitely become one of Natlab's best theatre shows!

Edward is young and full of life. His coronation means the start of a new era. It's time for love! Passion! Parties! With the crown on his head, Edward throws himself into everything he never had before.

With the eyes of the whole country focussed on him, Edward seems to neglect all political and secular developments by choosing love and sex. Every person around him servers the crown and tries to act for the good of the country, but what happens if that 'good of the country' has a different meaning for everyone? Will the young and off base Edward be forced into a choice between love and politics? Can he bring them together, or are they mutually exclusive by definition?

A pungent and humorous king's drama on fighting for love and your ideals, to the ultimate consequences.

Queer king's drama
Theatre director Charli Chung made a quirky and contemporary costume drama, based on Christopher Marlowe's piece Edward II. In the 16th century, Marlowe brought one of the first true and genuine homosexual characters to the stage in his play. Following the very well received Don Caravaggio (2019) and his adaptation of Oscar Wilde's De Profundis (2021), Chung gets his teeth into another historical queer character again.


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text: Christopher Marlowe
adaptation: Jibbe Willems
direction: Charli Chung
play: Abe Dijkman, Fjodor Jozefzoon, Tobias Kersloot, Ziggy Knel and others
dramaturgy: Madelon Kooijman
campaign imagery: Marijke de Gruyter and Nicolien de Jong