The School of Night
by Peter Whelan
21st - 29th January 2005
~ Directed by Jan Palmer Sayer ~

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With its title taken from a phrase in Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare, The School of Night examines the 16th-century intellectual circle that counted Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Kyd and Sir Walter Raleigh as members. The play investigates the mystery surrounding Marlowe's death in 1593 against the backdrop of a politically and religiously divided England. Was he really killed in a barroom brawl, as the history books say? Or do the rumours of espionage, atheism, and homosexuality hint at something more complicated in his ultimate undoing?

First performed in The Other Place at Stratford upon Avon and then at the RSC's Pit Theatre in London during 1992-1993.

Synopsis by Josh Jacobson

Cast
Alan SouthgateChristopher Marlow
Dan BreezeThomas Kyd
Roger WallsgroveInram Frizer
Chris JanesTom Stone
Paul MortonThomas Walsingham
Rachel WallaceRosalinda Benotti
Fran CopemanAudry Walsingham
Patrick SunnersSir Walter Raleigh
David CrookRobyn Poley
Jack WoodNicholas Skeres
Roger WallsgrovePantalone
Jack WoodHarlequin
Jack WoodOfficer Of The Watch
Crew
Peter ReissProduction Secretary
Mark JamesStage Manager
Derek PalmerStage Manager
Christina OnyonAsst.Stage Manager
Jean WalkerPrompt
Angela ReissProps
Trevor WallaceLighting Design
Ian CullenMusical Composer
Shelagh MaughanWardrobe
GrantSet Design
Bret YoungFight Arranger

Photos by Steve Beeston Photography
Review by Laura Eddy